Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Butcher Girls Of Brooklyn Circa 1910


Did you know, dear Reader, that there were butcher girls right here in Brooklyn in 1910? Unusual for that period, I am sure. Obviously, the fact was newsworthy, because these young ladies were photographed by the 'Western Newspaper Union.'

The hilarious caption reads:

Girls Operate Successful Meat Market

That the female ax is just as capable of carrying on business as men is now an established fact. Here is another instance that proves their ability. In Brooklyn, there are two young girls operating a meat market from which they derive a nice income. These girls, without any previous experience in this line, donned the butcher's apron and began to acquaint themselves with the essentials of the business with the natural result that they are now master meat cutters.

Oh, how I wish I knew more about them.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

my grandmother, lillian vetter, was a butcher girl. she grew up at 130 smith st. and after her marriage to peter dolan, lived at 408 sackett st. would appreciate any information about her or the man i believe was her father, herman(n) vetter, who reportedly was a butcher in the neighborhood. contact me at thank you. vic feuerherd