[Grading and packing onions, Rice County, Minnesota] (LOC)

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Rothstein, Arthur,, 1915-1985,, photographer.

[Grading and packing onions, Rice County, Minnesota]

[1939 Sept.]

1 slide : color.

Current, corrected title devised by Library staff based on information provided by the source: Flickr Commons project, which identified the produce as 'onions' and helped find a b&w negative LC-USF34-028125-D with similar image, photographer, date, and place name. Earlier devised title said: "[Harvesting unidentified crop]"
Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944.

United States--Minnesota--Rice County

Format: Slides--Color

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print

Part Of: Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Collection ph in Lot 11671-29 is missing (DLC) 93845501

General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photographs is available at hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.fsac

Higher resolution image is available (Persistent URL): hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/fsac.1a34435

Call Number: LC-USF35-522

roderickbodine, AlliMcBally, and 19 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. carlamatic 108 months ago | reply

    Looks like they're cleaning and bagging onions.

  2. roderickbodine 108 months ago | reply

    I thought onions too, but the foliage in the background suggests some sort of potato.

  3. carlamatic 108 months ago | reply

    Looking at the full-sized TIFF ( memory.loc.gov/master/pnp/fsac/1a34000/1a34400/1a34435u.tif ) I think you're right.

  4. bf53490 108 months ago | reply

    I think its onions for sure and they are taking off the outer husks/skins with that machine. Doing it right out there in the field, that must have been way before a factory.

  5. artpease 108 months ago | reply

    The bag clinches it for me: onions are more often in mesh bag such as seems to be the case here

  6. wordspix 107 months ago | reply

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  7. The Library of Congress 107 months ago | reply

    Thanks to everyone for the observations. A series of photographs by Arthur Rothstein in our black-and-white Farm Security Administration collection appears to have been taken at the same time as this image. The original captions to those images indicate onions are being harvested. Here is an example of a very similar shot: hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/fsa.8b18380.

    Changes here will not appear immediately, as we need to keep the information we show in Flickr and in our own catalog ( www.loc.gov/rr/print/catalog.html ) in sync.

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