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Birmingham was only around 25 years old when the pictures in this film were taken

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 #Q9653girls at Cahaba Golf and country club pool August 10, 1930

Opposing volleyball teams of Avondale and North Birmingham Parks ready for game, at North Birmingham Park ca. 1910-1920 File Q5506

Opposing volley ball teams of Avondale and North Birmingham Parks ready for game, at North Birmingham Park

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 #Q9629group of enthusiastic golfers birmingham named Q9629

Some of the Participants in Shakespearean Pageant at the Birmingham High School 1916

File #Q9630Some of the Participants in Shakespearean Pageant at the Birmingham High School.

Golfers 1915 – Birmingham, Alabama – Miss Bland Tomlinson, Miss Mary Munger, Mrs. Henry Howze at the Country Club October 31, 1915 File Q9661

birmingham golfers women Q9661 1915

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.

Check out additional genealogy books and novels by author Donna R. Causey


VINEGAR OF THE FOUR THIEVES: Recipes & curious tips from the past Our ancestors had to be resilient when they faced obstacles in daily life, from dealing with pests, medical emergencies, caring for clothing and cleaning shortcuts. Almost everything they used in daily life was homemade. Some ideas were great but some were very strange.

This book is a collection of household tips, medical cures, clothing care and old recipes from the 1800’s and 1900’s. Many of the tips, such as the household cleaners, cooking tips and ways to control pests, still work and are helpful in today’s ‘green’ environment while others such as ‘how to cure a dog of eating eggs’ will make you laugh. Either way, this book will help you appreciate the difficult life your grandparents endured.

With Bonus: First two chapters of novel Ribbon of Love


VINEGAR OF THE FOUR THIEVES: Recipes & curious tips from the past

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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey



  1. Dennis Ledford

    I like the three witches in the back !!!!!!!!!

  2. Margaret Harris Hall

    Probably got some of my kid’s Abbott, Little, Bib & other relatives in that picture!!

  3. Robert Neville

    Any idea of the street intersection in Birmingham where TR gave his speech?

    1. Alabama Pioneers

      He gave a speech in Corey which was later changed to Fairfield. The city of Corey was founded in 1910 and he spoke at its dedication in 1911. This was the big area for United States Steel at the time. He is riding in the car in Ensley, Jefferson County, Alabama.

  4. Linda Grissom

    Lisa O’Cain, Ashley O’Cain Grissom

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