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Indentured Servant

Posted by
Eric Cousineau (Sherwood Park, Canada) on 9 May 2013 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

Farmers, planters, and shopkeepers in the American colonies found it very difficult to hire free workers, primarily because it was so easy for potential workers to set up their own farms. Consequently, a common solution was to transport a young worker from England or Germany, who would work for several years to pay off the debt of their travel costs. During the indenture period the servants were not paid wages, but were provided with food, accommodation, clothing and training. The indenture document specified how many years the servant would be required to work, after which they would be free. Terms of indenture ranged from one to seven years with typical terms of four or five years.

PENTAX K-5 1/60 second F/4.0 ISO 800 42 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

That would have been a hard life. A superb portrait.

9 May 2013 6:06am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Nice portrait Eric

9 May 2013 6:15am

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Nice scenery and superb portrait Eric.

9 May 2013 6:26am

tataray from france, France

Une jolie scène chaleureuse.)

9 May 2013 6:42am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Great period atmosphere

9 May 2013 6:50am

PATRICK from miramas, France

excellent capture

9 May 2013 7:13am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Beautiful capture. Have a nice day.

9 May 2013 7:31am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Tout est vraiment bien restitué. Joli sourire de la servante. :-)

9 May 2013 7:59am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & amazing!!!!!!
so beautiful frame, colors & lights!!!!
L O V E L Y !!!!

9 May 2013 8:55am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Very neat portrait Eric, good history, in essence it was slavery eh?

9 May 2013 9:10am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Wonderful capture and interesting story!

9 May 2013 9:34am

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Nice capture

9 May 2013 9:48am

Veronique from France-and-, Switzerland

C'est un musée vivant ?

9 May 2013 10:36am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Great portrait and information, Eric. Seems like a hard way to go about coming over to the colonies, but at least, it allowed those people to make the trip. I was quite surprised how few years the indentured servitude lasted. I figured it'd be a decade or more.

9 May 2013 10:55am

Martine from bousval, Belgium

Une très belle photo!! j'aime+++++

9 May 2013 11:02am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Nice portrait in the beautiful light.

9 May 2013 11:13am

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

a lovely portrait indeed

9 May 2013 11:13am

Mariana Maoduš from Waterloo, Canada

Great image !

9 May 2013 11:45am

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

This looks like a 'behind the scenes' shot as in Downton Abbey.
I do enjoy all images of the colonial period; this is great, Eric.

9 May 2013 12:30pm

Carol from Leamington, Canada

A perfect photo to go along with the info Eric... I imagine in some cases that five years was like ten... depending on who your task master was. I love the photo, she has such a beautiful smile.... I enjoyed!

9 May 2013 1:42pm

my-ky from Ontario, Canada

Beautiful portrait...the light on her face and in the room is perfect! Really well done, Eric.

9 May 2013 1:49pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A fine "period" picture. The narrative was very interesting.

9 May 2013 2:00pm

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

She looks like she belongs there!!!! Travelling back in time with you is most exciting!

9 May 2013 2:03pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quel sourrier et iamge avec son beau châpeau et cet environnement d'époque splendide.

9 May 2013 2:16pm

Devi from Chennai, India

Fantastic portrait..she's chirpy and charming :-)
.but what sadness lies behind the life!! At least some pocket money could have been given, I suppose...

9 May 2013 3:17pm

Lena from San Francisco, United States

Nice portrait, pleasant smiling...

9 May 2013 3:20pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

I love historic places with people in period costumes like this. It really makes history come alive.

9 May 2013 3:28pm

Riccardo from Rome, Italy

What a lovely portrait you have made!!

9 May 2013 3:58pm

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

Wunderbares Portrait. Eric, gute Info.

9 May 2013 4:45pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful portrait. Lovely smile. A sad story ... Very touching presentation, Eric! :)

9 May 2013 5:09pm

franz from Baden, Austria

brilliant image, eric ... judging by her smile, her time of indenture must be over very soon ... or perhaps the son of the farmer has just proposed to her ... ;-)))

9 May 2013 5:45pm

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

big smile!

9 May 2013 6:45pm

El pare from prepirineu, Andorra

Fantastic picture with a very interesting information. Have a nice day, Eric.

9 May 2013 7:28pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Gorgeous portrait. I love her smile. The light is just perfect! Wonderful information Eric!

9 May 2013 8:42pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Charming portrait and setting ... really love the lighting and the wood work! Fabulous photo, Eric!

9 May 2013 8:57pm

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

Haha this is charming :-)

9 May 2013 9:50pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

a lovely lady

10 May 2013 1:26am

L'angevine from Angers, France

je lui fait confiance pour qu'elle me fasse un bon festin

10 May 2013 8:30am

Gheorghe from Bucuresti, Romania

Beautiful series. I love the portraits and costumes ! Well done !

11 May 2013 9:54am

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Great info and portrait...Eric

23 May 2013 5:28pm

1/60 second
ISO 800
42 mm (35mm equiv.)