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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Rose Biodo, Cranberry Carrier: 1910

Rose Biodo, Cranberry Carrier: 1910

Sept. 28, 1910. Whites Bog at Brown Mills, New Jersey. Ten-year-old Rose Biodo, 1216 Annan St., Philadelphia. Working three summers. Minds baby and carries cranberries, two pecks at a time. Fourth week of school and the people here expect to remain two weeks more. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

I wonder how much those

I wonder how much those boxes weigh. I looked into the conversion tables and found out that "peck" is a measure of volume equal to two gallons. I suppose two gallons of milk on each arm would give a reasonable approximation of what this girl is carrying. Although the picture is focused on the girl, the cranberry pickers in the background look to me to be anywhere from a hundred to three hundred yards away.
A long way to walk carrying four gallons.

Rose

This little girl probably lived at 1216 Annin St which would put her in the middle of where most of the Italian immigrants lived at that time. I remember hearing the old timers saying that when they were kids they missed the start of school because of summer farm work.

 
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