Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Working Girls

Back in the late 40's after graduating from high school, I worked in Peoria in a lawyers' office. I rode the bus from Rome to Peoria each day and always was with the same group of people. The pretty girl on the end of the standing back row in the above photo boarded the bus about two miles down the road - I had never met her before. She worked in the same building as I did and also worked for attorneys. Billie and I became very good friends and spent a lot of time together. There were also two or three other girls in the building that we ran around with - fun times, those were. The woman who had been the only secretary in our office for years and years was in a business sorority and she was instrumental in forming another chapter of the sorority for the younger girls. This picture was at a function of some kind for Lambda Chapter. What stands out for me is the fact that Billie and I used to always go buy carnations and wear them in our hair when we went anyplace - looks like that was something that was just our thing. Fun to think about those sweet old days! (Click to enlarge)


  1. Being the left-handed person I am, I was looking at the FAR end of the back row, and realized Billie was standing next to you on the near end!!!

  2. Those clothes and "hairdo's" look so familiar and neat. And how we dressed up for work back then. Thanks for sharing!

  3. What a fabulous photograph!

    I have always loved old photographs. I collect a few here and there, including simple snapshots that I come across. I've always found it a bit sad to see family photos for sale in some store. I know it happens, but still....

    When I buy them, I always do a little research to see if I can discover anything about the people looking back at me. Sometimes I do, oftentimes I don't.

    I've bookmarked your blog. I can't wait to come back and look around. :-)