Thursday, July 09, 2009

Smile for the Camera - Bringing home the beacon!

The word prompt for the 15th Edition of Smile For The Camera is "they WORKED hard for the family." The professions of our ancestors are almost as interesting as the people themselves. Some of our ancestors worked very hard; they took in laundry, worked the land, raised many children, or went to school and became professionals. Photographs of them working are called occupational photographs and are rather hard to find. 

I had no idea that occupational photos where hard to find as I have several family occupational photos in my collection.  Here are some of them.

1973 - J C Bynum - He is in the center with the yellow shirt.


Here are a few photos of my father, J C Bynum at work.  He was a headerman at Hi-Shear Co. of California for 32 years.  In case you don't know what a headerman does,  they make nuts & bolts.  He could also run the machine that made ball bearings.

This is an "official" photo taken by the company, unforntunately the year is unknown.

Next is a photo of my grandfather, Thomas Lafayette Bynum.  He was a Texas farmer.  The story handed down through the family about this photo says that some newspaper heard that Tom was using people to pull his plow and the paper took this photo for an article.  I've not found a newspaper article but I sure love this photo!  (Taken about 1934.) 

Here is a photo of my great uncle, Dave Bynum.  As you can  he was a blacksmith.   The date of this photo is unknown. 

Lastly, here is my tribute to the "chief cook and bottle washer", child-bringer-upper and all round keeper of the home fires - the women of the family!   (Photo of my great grandmother, Minna Schmidt Montgomery De Laney and my great, great grandmother, Sarah Jane Hicks Montgomery taken about 1917.)

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