When Birmingham was a young city, this is what she looked like….
Notes about photos in the film.
Durward Nickerson, Western Union messenger #55 in the film “was one of the by-products of messenger work. He lived in Bessemer, R.F.D. #1.”
Lewis Wickes Hine, Photographer 1906, Library of Congress wrote this about him. “Saturday night, September 26, 1914, he took investigator through the old Red Light on Ave. A pointed out the various resorts, told him about the inmates he has known there. Only a half dozen of them were open, and those very quietly. Durward has put in 2 years in the messenger work and shows the result of temptations open to him. He has recently returned from a hobo trip through 25 states. He was not inclined to tell much about the shady side of messenger work, but one could easily see that he has been through much that he might have avoided in a profitable kind of work. 18 years old. See Alabama report. Location: Birmingham, Alabama.”
A group of girls at the Cahaba Golf and Country Club pool ready for their daily dip. August 10, 1930 File number #Q9653
Opposing volleyball teams of Avondale and North Birmingham Parks ready for game, at North Birmingham Park ca. 1910-1920 File Q5506
A Group of Enthusiastic Golfers at the Birmingham Country Club, Composed of Miss Donnelly, Mrs. Lewis, Mrs. Matthew Murphy, Mrs. Hubert Drennen, Mrs. Robert Thach, Miss Serena Kirkpatrick, Mrs. Charles F. Debardeleben, Mrs. Crawford Johnson, Mrs. E. M. Kilby, Mrs.Walker Percy, and Mrs. Paul Chalifoux 1916 File #Q9629
Some of the Participants in Shakespearean Pageant at the Birmingham High School 1916
Golfers 1915 – Birmingham, Alabama – Miss Bland Tomlinson, Miss Mary Munger, Mrs. Henry Howze at the Country Club October 31, 1915 File Q9661
If you can provide names of people or more about the photograph, click on the link beside the caption and share your information with the Alabama Department of Archives and History.
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