Friday, March 12, 2010

Fearless Female Series - Working Girl

Thanks so much to Lisa of The Accidental Genealogist blog for posting a series of blog prompts titled Fearless Females for the month of March, Women's History Month.

March 12 - Working Girl:  Did your mother or grandmother work outside the home?  What did she do? Describe her occupation.

I chose my grandmother Edna for this prompt, not because she's the only one who worked (EVERY woman in my family worked), but because I have a photo of her at the job she held in the late 40s, early 1950s.  Grandma worked at the Leland Pharmacy in Montgomery County Maryland, behind the counter serving customers lunch, ice cream and coffee.     Later in life Grandma worked at various electronic companies in the assembly department, and in her late years she worked at a local Denny's near her home serving coffee - a job she really enjoyed for it's social aspect.  Grandma loved being around other people.

Here's a photo of Leland Pharmacy from the street.  This photo was dated 1949.

This photo shows Grandma working behind the counter with another employee (name unknown)

Grandma is in the background of this photo (below the pipe displays).  I included it because it's such a cool photograph of the place.  According to the note on this one, the lady facing the camera is Donna Collins.


  1. Cindy, Looks like your "Grandmother at work" pictures are in much better shape than mine. :) But you are right, we're lucky to have them.

  2. What great pictures! Reminds me of the soda fountains of the 50s.

  3. I takes me back to the soda fountains of the 50's...make mine a chocolate phosphate. How great to have a work photo of your Grandmother.