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Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad Freight/Station Agent Working at her desk Sept. 1907

A freight agent working in a small railyard handled billing for freight shipments in and out of the yard, sold passenger tickets--while sending and receiving telegraphic messages for the railroad and the local town folks. If this agent had to momentarily leave on business, everything thing stopped until she returned. In 1907, everyone was not in such a hurry as we are today. Another observation made by visitors, were depots were much neater and cleaner if a woman was in charge.
Courtesy of William Ellis Shirley Burman Collection © 2007