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Each week Sepia Saturday bloggers post images and text on a particular theme. This week the theme is Work & Play. Flickr Commons has numerous photos of people who worked hard in mines, mills, factories, farms and more. Here’s just a few.

You might ask, “Where’s the play?” Well, my searching didn’t yield much. Life was hard in the early 20th Century.

I bet some did find good Work and Play images.

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Irish Mill, Waterford, 1901

If you want to see more of this week’s posts, go to Sepia Saturday.

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U.S. South, Farmers, circa 1900

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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Scotsue
    Sep 04, 2016 @ 05:46:09

    Fascinating vintage photographs of social history.

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  2. hmchargue
    Sep 04, 2016 @ 16:24:01

    The Ball Team is a great image.

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  3. Barb at Alchemy of Clay
    Sep 04, 2016 @ 18:51:06

    The last photo makes me wonder what the woman is pounding in her huge log. What grain might be becoming useable? Wheat, oats, corn? No way of knowing.

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  4. Jo in Melbourne Aus
    Sep 05, 2016 @ 07:20:13

    Wonderful photographs. Those glass workers are all mere boys!

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  5. kristin
    Sep 05, 2016 @ 08:17:59

    I would guess corn given it’s the US south and the importance of corn meal in the diet – corn bread was more common than biscuits I believe.

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  6. Mike Brubaker
    Sep 05, 2016 @ 21:10:44

    I’m always impressed in the obvious pride that we see in the men and women pictured in these occupational photos. The work was hard but it required great stamina and skill.

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  7. La Nightingail
    Sep 06, 2016 @ 11:07:33

    Often times the mills and factories, etc. had sports teams of one sort or another. Mostly for the men, but sometimes for the women – especially in later years. Baseball and softball were probably the most popular.

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  8. Little Nell
    Sep 09, 2016 @ 12:15:39

    The young men in the first photograph look as though they needed their pipes to smoke to help them relax!

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