Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers to share family history through old photographs.
This week the Sepia Saturday prompt is a photo of a nurse in uniform standing beside an official car marked “Health – Nursing” parked on a city street. Since I have no nurses in my family, my thoughts went to uniforms and I thought about my maternal grandmother, Lucille Rucker Davis. She was not a nurse, but her jobs always required a uniform.
As a kid growing up, I was used to seeing her in the crisp white button-front uniform of a grocery store clerk at Colonial Store.
|My grandmother is the last one on the middle row.|
Wonder what's in the envelope? A bonus?
Doesn’t that white uniform say, “Clean. Professional. At your service”?
But when I saw this next picture I was really confused.
|My grandmother is the first woman kneeling on the front row.|
The back of the picture gives the date and names of all the women pictured. I knew my grandmother lived in Shenandoah, Virginia, at the time the picture was taken, but I didn’t know she had a job that required a uniform. The building looks like a school – was she a cafeteria worker? No. It turns out, this is the knitting mill. Fancy that – uniforms for factory workers.
I’ve noticed that in all three photos, women’s uniforms are basic shirt-waist dresses that button in the front. No commentary -- Just an observation.