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Beulah Ogle: 1933

Beulah Ogle: 1933

November 1933. Gatlinburg, Tennessee. "Beulah Ogle preparing warp for weaving at the Pi Beta Phi School. She is a new weaver at the school and lives on a mountain farm." Another example of Lewis Hine's post-newsie oeuvre. Large format nitrate negative, National Archives. View full size.


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This lovely young girl caught my eye. After I viewed the photo I used my account at to find out if anyone had her in their family tree. I found two people and sent them this URL. Old photos of relatives are real treasures - especially a high-quality shot like this. I hope this helps somebody piece together their family tree.

She lived a long life

Beulah Elizabeth Ogle Watson, age 90 of Gatlinburg, passed away Wednesday, March 7, 2007, at Fort Sanders Sevier Medical Center. Born May 5, 1916, to the late Thomas and Ida Huskey Ogle, she was preceded in death by her husband of 66 year


Economics Teacher: Beulah? Beulah? Beulah?
Simone: Um, she's unavailable. My best friend's sister's boyfriend's brother's girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who's going with the girl who saw Miss Ogle caught in the electric loom. I guess it's pretty serious.
Economics Teacher: Thank you, Simone.
Simone: No problem whatsoever.

Pretty Girl

Where is the "Pretty Girls" tag?

Its curious history

The Pi Beta Phi School was something of a Tuskegee Institute project of the sorority, founded a few years before this lass was born. Over the years the school grew with the town and was handed over to the public system in 1966. It's nice to see that in Miss Ogle the project bore fruit.

Something in a name

It's certainly not hard to ogle Beulah.

Teach a person to weave

Ms. Ogle was acquiring a skill she used for a lifetime.

"She was a weaver for Arrowcraft Shop for several years and later owned a shop specializing in fine linens and other handmade crafts." More here.

Sometimes There's Nothing in a Name

Beulah is one of those old fashioned names that was often attributed to unattractive women. Boy, were they wrong with this young lady!

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