Jun 22, 2011

The Good Old Days: Funny Money

(Maryland Morning) Summer is here, bringing with it sunshine and humidity–but also lots of fresh summer fruits. Here in Maryland, we wanted to examine the way people who used to pick and can strawberries, tomatoes, and potatoes used to be paid. This was called piecework, and instead of receiving cash right away, for every bushel or pound or bucket workers picked or canned, they would receive a ticket or a token [scrip], and trade them in for actual money at the end of the week. Continued

See also: What did your folks do for a living - when they were children?