This photo's caption reads, in part: "Gladys Smith, thirteen year old girl, who cooks and cares for a family of six." Alabama, 1939.
Whenever people talk about the good old days, when life was simpler and more rural, I think of scenes such as this one. Heating one's home via a fireplace and cooking one's food on a wood stove may well be a fun and interesting experience for one week a year. But people who lived back then had much of their lives consumed by long hours of drudgery.
Photo by Marion Post Wolcott. [American Memory link]