35 - 3 1/4" x 2 1/4" corner-mounted black and white photographs, housed in 5 1/2" x 7" black flexible boards with title ("Memories") and decorative scrolling embossed on front cover. Captions through in white ink. This photo album chronicles a two-week journey taken by three Ohio men ... Mansel Plumley, A.M. Collins, and A.L. Bailey ... in November of 1917. The men were hired to escort a train car load of cattle to a North Carolina plantation owned by N.A. Connell, and located near Raleigh. After the three train cars joined together at Springfield, the men traveled south on the Norfolk and Western Railway crossing the Ohio River at Kenova (Ken for Kentucky, O for Ohio, and Va for Virginia). Connell raised bulls, fodder, corn, and cotton on his 4,000 acre farm. The album is arranged chronologically. Highlights include the stock cars crossing the Ohio River Bridge at Kenova; the train's brakeman laying trackside torpedoes to warn a following freight train of their presence; the men's living quarters inside the caboose, two of the men standing on the caboose's rear platform; African-American cotton pickers; the plantation's big house, mule barn, cotton gin, spinning machine, and cotton bales. All photographs are clean and bright. Bottom corner 1/2" missing. A unique illustrated personal account of interstate train travel and a visit to a North Carolina cotton plantation.
Inventory Number: 44229