Saturday, August 18, 2012

Photo Number 968

These are snapshots from the antique shop in Detroit Lakes Minnesota.

Picking potatoes DL Antiques

These gals are picking potatoes.  They carry empty sacks on their backs.  There will be one or two bushels per sack.  You can see the sacks in the distance. ( They look like bushel sacks.)

Picking potato sacks up DL antiques

These men are most likely headed into the field to pick up full sacks.

My uncles picked potatoes in the 1940’s.  They were paid 25 cents a bushel. In Minnesota the potato harvest will start right after Labor Day.

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  1. Interesting photos. Sure looks like back breaking work. I remember daddy talked about picking cotton as a boy and just received a few coins but was happy to get paid.

  2. How are they getting the potatoes out without shovels? Wow I wouldn't have lasted two hours bent over like that! Love the little guy following his mama!

  3. What a visual reminder of the hard work that goes into getting food delivered to our tables. Even though things are more mechanized now, farming has been--and likely will always be--hard work.

  4. My mom would take me and my brother out to glean the potato fields with the bounty going to our kitchen and that of the local church.

  5. The Bennie and I are glad we can remmenber how hard farm work was for our family.We came up half in the old world of our grandparents and the last half now in a very comfortable one.

  6. Sometimes when I think I long for the good old days, I remember labor like this. Yes, it is still hard work.

  7. The children appear to be having fun.

  8. In the early-1950s my little brother was about the same age/size as the little boy with the cap -- and he then had what appears to be an identical cap. My brother's cap was navy blue with grey fur in front.


Hi, Thanks for the comments, your input on these old photos is appreciated! English only please! All comments will be moderated! Connie