JEAN THOMAS COLLECTION: “Racoon Hollow” (1930’s)

The boy is probably Lora Thacker of Raccoon Hollow [Harlan County], Kentucky, who had been unable to stand upright until he was taken by Dr. Arthur Shade Jones, eastern head of the Kentucky Crippled Children Commission, to Stephenson orthopedic hospital in Ashland, Kentucky. Jean Thomas took an interest in him, and in Dr. Jones’ work, […]

KENTUCKY COLLECTION: “A.F. Robinette and Her Father” (1930’s)

A.F. Robinette and her father. Two men, with hats, suits, and pipes, stand at the side of a log cabin. Allie Fair Robinette stands on the porch, and her father walks away from her, looking at the men. The laundry hangs on a line at the front of the house, which faces a wooded area.

KENTUCKY COLLECTION: “Jilson Setters” (1920’s)

Annabel Morris and Jean Thomas (wearing tam) stand behind fiddler Jilson Setters (a pseudonym for James William (J.W.) Day, 1860-1942). Item no. 1979.33.0310 in the Jean Thomas, The Traipsin’ Woman, Collection, University of Louisville Photographic Archives.

KENTUCKY COLLECTION: “Aunt Hanna Church” (1920′s)

Aunt Hanner Church, wearing a long polka-dot dress and shawl, sits outside a log cabin holding a broom, with a woven basket at her feet. 3 3/8 x 4 3/4 in. b&w nitrate negative. Item no. 1979.33.0046 in the Jean Thomas, The Traipsin’ Woman, Collection, University of Louisville Photographic Archives.