Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sacking Cotton



Today's picture shows men loading the bags of picked cotton into the cotton trailer. At this point, the cotton would be taken to the local Cotton Gin where it is processed and sold. The picture was taken in 1936.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Cotton Bale



Today's picture shows a cotton bale as it is coming out of the press. At the cotton gin, the raw cotton bowls are dehusked, the seeds are separated from the cotton fibers, and the cotton fibers are then cleaned. Then the fibers are pressed into the huge bales. The cotton press can be seen right behind the worker. The picture was taken in 1938 in Arkansas.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Weighing Cottton



Today's picture shows the cotton being weighed at the end of the pay. Workers were paid based on how much they picked, so their bags had to be weighed. The picture was taken in 1935 in Arkansas.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Picking Cotton



Today's picture shows men picking cotton by hand. The picture was taken in 1902 in South Carolina. It looks like a fairly good crop of cotton.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Cotton Camp



Today's picture shows a migrant worker camp. The picture was taken in the Mississippi Delta in 1939. The workers were brought in to pick cotton. I am not sure when cotton picking became mostly automated, but I can remember in the 1960's there were still examples of people picking cotton by hand.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

King Cotton



Driving around here in West Texas I am seeing the cotton fields turn white, ready for harvest. Cotton is the main cash crop around here, and this it the time of year that it is ready to go. The days of small cotton producers is completely gone, and to be in the cotton business you need an incredible array of very expensive equipment. But, this week we will be looking back to a day when most farming was done by small sharecroppers, and cotton was picked by hand. Today's picture was taken in 1935 in arkansas.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Deadwood Stage



Today's picture shows the Deadwood Stagecoach. It was taken in 1890. This is really a great picture of the authentic west. It looks like well over a dozen people on the stage.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fifth Avenue



Today's picture is from around 1900, and it shows a Stage Coach on Fifth Avenue in New York. The street looks amazingly empty and clean. I am not sure what the building is that they are in front of.