Jul 16, 2006

Peach Picking Time

This wasn't any Sunday picnic peach picking operation, this was work. By the time these pictures had been taken, around 1905, the canning industry had been long established and well organized. The photograph above shows pickers sitting atop a wagon packed with over a thousand bushel baskets. Below we see field workers, both men & women, sorting through the day's harvest. Though these pictures were taken in Clarksville, Arkansas, the scene would have been repeated all over the nation, and have been especially familiar to those in the Mid-Atlantic states.