52 Photos Week 14: Profession

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in The Tree House by Eowyn Walker G2G Astronaut (1.7m points)

don't have the badge, but thought would be nice to show these.  My gr.grandfather (b.1869) was a Volunteer Fireman in Ipswich Massachusetts. He also hauled wood by horse and buggy. heres the pics



I screwed up.  I posted my photo on the profile page, but it’s not showing up here.  It shows on the profile page, could someone check to see what I did wrong?  “https://www.wikitree.com/photo/jpg/52_Photos_Week_14_Profession-4


I have five half-siblings with which I share a biological mother.  Her first husband was their father, and his father (their grandfather) was Paul Eugene Pointer Sr.  He was a commander in the Navy based in the San Diego, CA Naval Base.  One day Shirley Temple wanted to tour a real naval ship, so Paul Pointer Sr was tasked with escorting her around his ship.  When we were children we all loved her movies, so it was very exciting to have a picture of Shirley with Grandfather Pointer even if it was a bit fuzzy. Although the picture has no date, we believe it was taken sometime in 1937 or 1938.

I'm having the same problem as Karen Wells.  I cannot include the picture on my post.  Hope someone fixes it!
There are instructions up top.  Basically you need to click on your picture until you get to a page where it's just the picture only.  The URL will end with .jpg, copy that URL.

Here, when answering the post, you'll see a little icon of a sun and mountains in the editing box.  Click on that, paste the URL there.  Then I always set the width to 600.  (There are other ways to do this, but this works for me).  Put in some text, and you're done.
Thanks so much!  Your instructions worked.  The problem is that the instructions given above, which I read three times, miss the part you include about getting to the page where it is "just the picture".

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Best answer

Professional mother.  Certified by 12 kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids ;-)

Lola Ruth (Hitchler) Baty (1899 - 1989)

by SJ Baty G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
selected by Susan Yarbrough
That is the best profession.  What a beautiful mother she was too.
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This is a 1924 photo of my husband's grandfather Dr. William Roi Nelson. He was an optometrist, and with him is his son, LeRoi, my husband's father, who also was an optometrist. My husband is an optometrist, so he makes the third generation of the same profession. Dr. William Roi Nelson along with four other men started the Oklahoma Optometrist Society. He started out in the back of a jewelry store, as most optometrist did in those years. He has taken his glasses off for the photo, which is always a funny thing for optometrist and their families to have their glasses in their hands. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Nelson-13044#  

by Alexis Nelson G2G6 Pilot (324k points)
edited by Alexis Nelson
GREAT story, and beautiful little smile on the child.  I love the "glasses off" thing, LOL.
Thanks Lynn, I had my picture in the paper yesterday from our DAR chapter giving money to help restore a house, and the first thing I thought when I saw it was that I would have looked better with my glasses off. LOL
Camera flashes and reflections in the glass. I bet thats why most glasses are held in the hand.
Thanks Robynne for the good comment. No anti reflective lenses back then.
Gorgeous photo of your husband granddad whata dashing looking man and gorgeous son. Thank You Alexis for sharing this wonderful photo
Thank you Susan for your sweet comment.
This is a great photo!
Thank you Emily, it is one of my very favorite photos from my husband’s family.
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The Thompson Boot Factory - started by my great grandfather John Thompson in Dunedin, New Zealand. Closed down in the 1960s.


by Robynne Lozier G2G6 Pilot (877k points)
What and amazing photo of your great grandfathers shop, wasthat the staff that are I. Front of the photo.

Thank You for sharing this wonderful photo
I assume that was the staff out front, but I don't know for sure.

Thanks Susan.
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In trying to depict the actual "symbol" of the profession, I was forced to use my own picture.  Taken in 1968 or 69, in Pittsburgh, Pa.   The caption says it all.  I wonder where Jeffrey is now.........Trying to actually depict some "symbol" of the profession, I was forced to use my own picture.  Taken in 1968 or 69, at Magee-Women's Hospital in Pittsburgh, I wonder where Jeffrey is now?l

by Lynn Bensy G2G6 Mach 2 (20.6k points)
Are you saying that the nurse Lynn, on the right, is you?
Yes, that would be me.
Wonderful photo from the newspaper you look amazing Lynn thank You for sharing this wonderful photo
Thank you, Susan!
The kindest and most caring people I know are nurses. Thanks for sharing this photo of you, Jeffery and his proud father.
Thanks so much, cuz.
Hi Lynn, Great photo and nice to see a nurse celebrated in a news article. I worked as a hospice nurse prior to going into nursing education. Thank you! Carol Baldwin (Baldwin-3428).
Thanks! Yes, nurses are not usually "caught" in pictures.  Too busy saving lives!


Nursing is one of the noblest professions there is.

For all of you who have made such very nice comments about the nursing profession - THANK YOU! They are generally overlooked and undervalued, yet is the largest working health force in the world! The nursing profession generally ranks #1 when it comes to trustworthiness in U.S. public opinion polls. Again, on behalf of my G2G nurse colleagues/cousins and myself, thank you for your kind words. Sincerely, Carol (Baldwin-3428)
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This is a photo of Charles Fisher Smith, my grandmother's adoptive great-grandfather, and his hack horse in about 1900. Charles owned and operated a variety of businesses during his lifetime, a hotel, a hack service, and a street watering service (no paving meant lots of dust) among others.


by Deb Durham G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)
Wow, don't get in that horse's way!  Its huge!
+20 votes

My Father in-law work for the king of Denmark he is the man that hold the horse to the right in uniform 

by Susan Laursen G2G Astronaut (2.8m points)
Thank you Caryl how kind of you
Than you Lynn thank you for your kind word
Wonderful photo! Thank you so much for sharing! I love these because we get to travel vicariously throughout the ages! Carol Baldwin (Baldwin-3428).
Thank you so much for your kind word about my father in law

Much appreciated
Susan, you have the most amazing family history.
Susan, what a wonderful photo and the story that goes with it is great as well. You always have such nice photos -- we learn so much from them. Thank you!
Susan, you never fail to astonish me with the pictures you provide. You must have a room full of pictures, because one picture is better than the next one.

Your pictures are always so clear and detailed.

As in this picture, I can count the buttons the the jackets the tiny windows in the buildings and the number of drumsticks the drummers are holding.

You are amazing and I thank you for sharing this picture.
Thank You Cheryl you are always so sweet and a delightful member. I have many photos special after my mother in law died, and her cousin send me 24 more photo I love photo very much thank You for always being so sweet
Robin thank You for your like my photo you are always so sweet
Thank You SJ you are always so very sweet
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This is my great grandfather Sherman Andrew Miller's barbershop. Of course he is the barber at the first chair. He had this shop in San Francisco. He was a barber in San Francisco, Washington and Oregon. He was a man of many trades. He was also a traveling salesman (watches and jewelery) and owned a camera, jewelery and clock shop, coroner, and jitney bus driver to name a few. 

Sherman Miller Barber Shop 

by Lance Martin G2G6 Mach 9 (94.2k points)
edited by Lance Martin
What a wonderful photo of your great grandfather barber shop the photo are so full of life thank You For sharing
What a marvelous photo! The reflection of your great grandfather in the antique mirror is wonderful, and he sure is a handsome man.
I love the fancy mirrors and the old-fashioned "flavor" of the shop.  I hope he fared well in the 1906 earthquake.
What a wonderful photo of a bygone era. Thank you so much for sharing it.
This takes me back in time, and gives me great memories of the old barber shops we had in my home town. My dad would take me with him when he would get a haircut. My dad is gone and so are the barber shops, but the wonderful memories remain.

I don't think there is anything like the smell of a barber shop . . . wait - maybe a fresh donut shop.
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This week I am sharing a picture of Maud Kinkead Boy. I never knew Maud, but I did know her daughter Isabelle. Maud is only related to me through her brief marriage to a second cousin 2x removed. She was a talented seamstress and dress designer for the society women in Bristol, Tennessee. This is a picture of her in one of her creations. 

by Emily Holmberg G2G6 Mach 9 (94.6k points)
Wonderful photo of Maud, what a treasure you have, I love her dress her wonderful glasses I wonder if she has made this dress

Thank You for sharing this wonderful photo
Thank you Susan. Based on the description written by my mother for this picture, I believe she designed and made the dress.
What a talented lady!!
Thanks Lynn, she was very talented
beautiful style
Maud is very talented. God gave us all talents, and she sure used her talent to the best of her ability. Her dress is beautiful.

With the embroidery at the neck line, and down the front and the pleats in the dress, I would say she probably made a lot of money in her craft.

Thanks for sharing this with us, Emily.
Thank you for your observations Cheryl, the more I look at this dress the more I realize how complicated it really was.
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I posted this photo on the free space it is of my Grandma's brother, Douglas Porter, working as a ship's engineer. Sadly he died from pneumonia in 1929, the year after this photo was taken, he was in Canada on one of his voyages.

by Christine Frost G2G6 Mach 8 (84.8k points)
Thank You for sharing this wonderful photo of your grandmothers brother, taking from a ship
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This is my maternal grandfather Cecil Showalter.  He was a fireman in Santa Rosa, California for over twenty years. I was always in awe of him and he was a tall guy of 6' 4" so that was a big part of it.  He was a wonderful Grandpa. 

by Caryl Ruckert G2G6 Pilot (190k points)
He has a kind face>  Thanks for sharing.
Thank You Caryl for sharing this wonderful photo of your maternal grandfather who was a fireman, how wonderful he was a great grandfather
That's a tall fireman!  Thanks for sharing.
Can't beat the fireman for heros. Men of my hearts.

My husband and four of his brothers are/were firemen (one was chief), several nephews are/were firemen (one nephew is currently chief), a couple of brothers-in laws were on the department, and several of my cousins are/were on the department.

Thank you for sharing a picture of men who don't get the glory they deserve or want.  They serve because they truly love what they do.
Thanks Lynn, Susan, SJ and Cheryl for your kind words.  Your thoughtful comments are appreciated.  I love these photo challenges.  What fun it is to see all these cool photos from our members.
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Though Brandon Dodge-Ward, my nephew, was not an ancestor his profession was serving our country and he died a little over a year ago. I thought this would be a nice way to further honor him. This photo was taken in 2007.

He was a Navy Hospital Corpsmen attached to the Marine Corps and was a combat veteran having had multiple war zone deployments.

This photo is of Brandon and his beautiful wife shortly before he died. He is truly missed.

by Robin Shaules G2G6 Pilot (893k points)
edited by Robin Shaules
Thank you Cheryl. It has been especially difficult for my sister and her husband. She just sent me a photo of Brandon's headstone which I have posted on his profile.
Robin, I am really deeply sorry for your sister and her family's loss. I know her pain. My son died almost four years ago and there is nothing worse than losing a child. I have lost all of my grandparents, my dad and my sister. None of those losses compare to your own child.

One year - they have just made it through the worst part. The first of everything. Birthdays and holidays. Some parents say it gets easier. My sister has been gone since 1991 and my mom says it doesn't and I agree.

Please give your sister and her family my love, prayers and sympathy. I will keep them in my prayers. God knows angel moms and dads need them.

Bless you also, Robin.
Thank you so much Cheryl. I will pass on your thoughts... I'm also sorry about your loss. Though I haven't lost a child or a sibling, I think those would be the two hardest losses. My sons are very special to me, as is my sister.
Sorry I only se one

Sorry, Susan. I don't know what the problem is so I don't know how to fix it. But the other photo is on Brandon's profile -- Dodge-4682. Anyone have any ideas as to why Susan can't see the photo... Anyone else having the same issue? Thanks!

Yes, i can only see the picture of Brandon in his uniform.
Sorry, Lynn and thanks for responding. But I still don't know what the problem is. I can see both in all my devices. Maybe one of the techies out there will have an answer.
What a fantastic wonderful photo Robin now I can se it
To all of you who couldn't see the second photo it is now visible. Thank you Eowyn and Susan!
You are most welcome Robin the photo are so adorable
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My grandpa Barr had several jobs throughout his life: he started digging ditches for his stepfather at 14, was a pilot for several years, settled down and became the only plumber in his small town, and finally, for his last job, bought an orange grove with his wife and was a citrus grower in central Florida until he retired at 75.  This is the road sign marking the way to his grove.

by K. Anonymous G2G6 Pilot (125k points)
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The studio camera of my 4th great-uncle Mathew Brady, presently in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art:

Mathew Brady Camera

by C Handy G2G6 Pilot (103k points)
This is so awesome! We see some of your uncle's historical images, but rarely the camera! Thank you for sharing. Carol Baldwin (Baldwin-3428).
One of my loves - taking pictures - and this is an awesome picture.

I love this very much, and appreciate you sharing it with us.
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My great grandfather Harry Topliss, with workmates outside the Ballarat (Victoria, Australia) Evening Echo newspaper, ca. 1895. He was a compositor working with hot lead compositing machines.

by Rob Judd G2G6 Mach 9 (93.0k points)
edited by Rob Judd
What and old interesting photo of your grandfather with his work mates thank You for sharing this wonderful photo
This is a very interesting building and similar to one we have in our hometown. It is very beautiful and looks like it must have employed a lot of people, other than your beloved grandfather.

The building in my hometown was built in 1899, which is very close to the timeframe of yours.

Thank you so much for sharing this awesome picture.
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My great-great-grand-aunt, Chloe Buzzard, was an Army nurse in World War I. She began her service at Camp Jackson in South Carolina just as the influenza epidemic hit. 

One of the many things I love about the photo is the caption Chloe wrote on the back: 

"This is scaring the crows away. It's sure not good but I guess I look as I felt in the fit of that outfit."

I think she looks pretty great, though. 

by Jessica Hammond G2G6 Mach 3 (31.6k points)
The expression “scaring the crows away” was something my maternal grandmother often said. I have not heard that for a long time. Thanks Jessica for bringing back a fun memory, and thanks for sharing this great photo of your lovely aunt.
What a great historical pix of a very important duty of nurses.... caring for the ppl who keep us free!
Gorgeous photo of your ggg aunt she really look amazing,

I wonder how she like working under the war. Thank You for sharing this wonderful photo
Not to be undersold, the Spanish Influenza that circled the globe during the time of World War I killed as many as 40,000,000 people and was responsible for 1/2 of the Americans who died in the war.
Your gg-grand Aunt reminds me of an actress, but for the life of me, I cannot think of her name at this moment.

What an amazing person she must have been. WWI just as the influenza epidemic hits. A nurse, who can't be that old, away from home, and she is doing a very important service for our country.

When they say behind every man . . .

your gg grand aunt was behind several men, fighting for our freedom and keeping them alive.

What a heroic sacrifice she made.

I know that you are very proud to be the owner of that awesome picture and also to be a relative of tha amazing woman.

Thank you for sharing.
She looks like Lillian Gish! She was a famous silent screen star. And so cool that she was a nurse! It's nice to see this profession recognized in these photos! Carol (Baldwin-3428)
Thank you Carol. It was going to drive me crazy who she looked like.
She does look like Lillian Gish!  It is the eyes.  I love her uniform.  What a treasure.  Thanks for sharing this.
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This is the a photo of my favorite great Uncle Verne Eastman. He was the doctor who saved my life as a two year old when as a Navy Doctor, he stole some penicillin for me for my tonsillitis so that I could be well enough that he could take them out. I had had the tonsillitis for over 4 months and he had tried everything he could. He was also the most friendly of all my great uncles and I had many.


by Judy Bramlage G2G6 Pilot (103k points)
Thank you Judy for sharing this photo of your great uncle, whata wonderful man to help you with pencilin even he stole it. He must have like you very much

Thank You for the wonderful story
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My grandfather loved uniforms. At 15 he lied about his age to enlist in WW1 (I've previously posted a photo of him in his army bugler's uniform), he was also Nassau County NY policeman (which is what this photo depicts) and was in the Baldwin Fire Department. Sadly, he came home from a hot summer night's work and dove into shallow water, breaking his neck; he died the next day. He was 28.

by Karen Fuller G2G6 Mach 1 (19.4k points)
Karen what asad story about your grandfather, that is a terrible dead and only 28 years old, thank You for sharing the lovely photo and the sad story
What a handsome fellow who lived so much for others. Such a shame that he died so young. Thank you for sharing this photo and your grandfather's story.
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My father was a Lumber Grader. In 1980, the US Government sent him to Saudi Arabia[10] to quality inspect lumber for a court case. He was highly skilled lumber grader, with steadfast integrity.

by Azure Robinson G2G6 Pilot (182k points)
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This is my Great Grandfather, Jesse Peter Osborne (https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Osborne-5539) and my Uncle Bill Osborne (https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Osborne-5540) on the family farm.  From his garb you would think that Jesse was a farmer by profession, but he was actually an attorney-at-law!  :) 

by Susan Yarbrough G2G6 Mach 2 (27.9k points)
Love this picture. I guess all attorneys are not bad. This proves that they are not all ambulance chasers like the ones that I see on tv.

If they could be more like your g-grandfather, more people would respect and trust them.

He is such a down to earth man.

I really love this picture.

Thank you for sharing it with us.
Your uncle Bill sure has a big grin!
Thank you, Cheryl!  He does look like he must have been a nice, fun-loving man.  Wish I could have known him!  I really love this picture, too!  :)
He does, R. Neff!  I love this photo of him!  :)
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52 Photos Week 14: Profession

This is my 14th week of participating.


The man on the left is my Uncle Donnie. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Navy as a submariner during the Korean War.

He was on the USS Hobson (DD-464/DMS-26) a Gleaves class destroyer. The Hobson cost $5 million and was launched on 8 Sept 1941, and was the only ship of the United States Navy to be named for Richard Pearson Hobson. Richard Hobson was awarded the medal of honor for actions during the Spanish-American War. He would later in his career attain the rank of rear admiral and go on to serve as a congressman for the state of Alabama.

With the out beak of the Korean conflict in June 1950, Hobson's schedule of training intensified. She took part in amphibious exercises off North Carolina and in Puerto Rico 1950-51, and took part in carrier operations as a plance guard and screening ship.

During one such operation, with Carrier Wasp, Hobson was steaming in formation 700 miles west of the Azores on the night of 26 April 1952. While the ships turned into the wind so that Wasp could recover aircraft, Hobson crossed the carrier's bow from starboard to port and was struck amidships.

The force of the collison rolled the destroyer-minesweeper over, breaking her in two. Rodman and Wasp rescued many survivors, but the ship and 176 of her crew were lost, including her Commanding Officer, Lt. Comdr. W.J. Tierney.

It caused the greatest loss of life on a U.S. Navy ship since WW II. Thus ended in tragedy the long career of a gallant ship.

Hobson received six battle stars for World War II service, and shared in the Presidential Unit Citation awarded to the ships in the Bogue antisubmarine task group in the Atlantic.

by Cheryl Hess G2G Astronaut (1.5m points)
Cheryl I always admire your writing about photos I wish I could do that, when you write it come directly from the hard and you are so brilliant wriring.

What a story thank You for sharing
Susan, you are always so kind to me. I wish we could meet some day. You are one of the most thoughtful people I have never met. Thank you for all of the kindness you have shown me.
Cheryl You certainly deserve it you are simply the best thank you for being you.
Thanks again, Susan. You are my inspiration.
Thanks for sharing the photo and the story of the Hobson. What a tragic loss of life during a training exercise.

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