Children gathering potatoes on a large farm, vicinity of Caribou, Aroostook County, Me. Schools do not open until the potatoes are harvested (LOC)

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Delano, Jack,, photographer.

Children gathering potatoes on a large farm, vicinity of Caribou, Aroostook County, Me. Schools do not open until the potatoes are harvested

1940 Oct.

1 slide : color.

Notes:
Title from FSA or OWI agency caption.
Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944.

Subjects:
Potatoes
Harvesting
Child labor
United States--Maine--Caribou
United States--Maine--Aroostook 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 11671-4 (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.1a33844

Call Number: LC-USF35-63

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  1. heidiree 74 months ago | reply

    I live in Caribou, ME and this was so weird to see! And yes, they still have the potato harvest school break!

  2. mystiestar 72 months ago | reply

    Yes these 1914 hats are really back in style in 2008, I guess its sort of 'Retro' lol.

  3. sickstylez 70 months ago | reply

    1940 wow, there you can see what 68 years can change.

  4. /go/rikka 68 months ago | reply

    I've lived in coastal Maine for nine years, and rarely go inland...it's startling to see the differences.

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  7. Made In Turkey 62 months ago | reply

    expressive foto . beautiful

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  12. Jkadavoor (Jee) 54 months ago | reply

    Beautiful.

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  13. MooersRealty 54 months ago | reply

    Neat to see the heritage. Grew up on a Maine potato farm, picked from age of 5 on. Fewer farmers and more large operations makes me dream of more smaller farmers with locally grown food is my hope. Maine potato picking video

  14. Janey Kay 35 months ago | reply

    This selection is great to see!

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  15. Norskejenta1 [deleted] 30 months ago | reply

    Sweet Hard Working Boys. In those Days Gone By, most Children on Farms worked hard. Not only to pick up the Potatoes, but they had the job of hauling them to the Cold Cellar. This Photo is Great Tribute to the Boys, from way back then.

  16. Norskejenta1 [deleted] 29 months ago | reply

    Yes, the Sweet Boy is crying. It was lots of work and getting colder. They are very Young and were made to pick up the Potatoes. It was not easy. Poor Little Fella's.

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