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Occupation: Workers at the Tredegar Ironworks. Women were forbidden to go down the mines but could be employed in heavy industry on the pit face. Tinted photo. Note jewelry, sleeve detail, but heavily used aprons.  by W Clayton of Tredegar, Wales, 1865.

Occupation: Workers at the Tredegar Ironworks. Women were forbidden to go down the mines but could be employed in heavy industry on the pit face. Tinted photo by W Clayton of Tredegar, Wales,

Female worker/s from the Tredegar ironworks in ragged clothing with protective headwear and tools, by W Clayton of Tredegar, Wales, 1865. by manchestergalleries, via Flickr

Female worker/s from the Tredegar ironworks in ragged clothing with protective headwear and tools, by W Clayton of Tredegar, Wales,

1864 housekeeper in Maine

Occupational Portrait believed to be a "House-Keeper" circa 1864 -- Is she wearing bloomers?

Sleeves rolled up.

No Date: Ladies preparing food. High bodices, small collars, pushed up sleeves, aprons, no caps.

This is John Davis (1897-1963), after his first day working down the pit as a miner in Wales at the age of 12 years old. It might seem like a big deal now but at the time it was quite normal. John lived in Regent Street in Ferndale in the Rhondda Valley in South Wales, UK

A young Rhondda Valley miner. Thomas and Williams miner's lantern in his left hand.

Women were forbidden to go down the mines in Victorian times, but could be employed in equally heavy industry on the pit face. These two were from Wigan, England and photographed in a studio wearing work clothes c1860

Wigan Pit Brow Lasses - Women were forbidden to go down the mines in Victorian times, but could be employed in equally heavy industry on the pit face.

The Threepenny Opera (Victorian youth crime)

Fagin's children: Mugshots of Victorian thieves as young as 11 who were sentenced to hard labour for stealing clothes and metal

Jane Farrell stole 2 boots and was sentenced to do 10 hard days labour. She was (Copyright) 'Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums'.

Victorian era nurse wearing a utilitarian chatelaine.

Victorian era nurse wearing a utilitarian chatelaine.I'm glad the "uniform" has changed!

women workers iron works Tredegar 1860s 3

All That Is Solid Melts Into Air: ‘from this filthy sewer pure gold flows’

Female worker/s from the Tredegar ironworks in ragged clothing with protective headwear and tools, by W Clayton of Tredegar, Wales, 1865

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