Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers to share family history through old photographs.
This week’s Sepia Saturday prompt features men at work. This photo postcard of the employees of the Seaboard Supply Company shows that workplaces are often happy places, especially when an employer regards his workers as family.
|Mr. Lee front and center|
Helen Killeen Parker second from right on the front row
There is even a child in the picture.
“Every time I look at this picture I only wish I could go back over the wonderful times I had. I will never forget the Seaboard Supply Co. and Mr. J. W. Lee for the good time he gave us. May God bless him.”
The card is not signed, let alone addressed. Maybe it was sent to my grandaunt Helen Killeen Parker who worked there for a while. Or maybe she wrote it herself in reflecting on the past. However, there are 2 X’s at the bottom of the photo; the one on the right is beneath Helen’s picture. The X on the left denotes someone I don’t know. Maybe she sent the card.
The second photo card is probably from another year. That is Mr. Lee with Helen to his left. Why were these women singled out for a photo? Maybe they were the secretarial pool.
What was Seaboard Supply? In 1930, Helen was a stenographer for a plumbing supply company. I’m assuming that was Seaboard. Seaboard is a common name in the Hampton Roads area where we live. There was the Seaboard railroad headquartered in Portsmouth, and the name has been attached to roads and businesses nearby. But there are national companies with the name Seaboard too. So whether Seaboard Supply was one of those or simply a now-defunct local business is a question left to be answered.
See who else is working at Sepia Saturday. Ladders and hard hats are optional.
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