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Leafy Greens: 1903

Leafy Greens: 1903

Volusia County, Florida, circa 1903. "Artesian well pumping water for irrigation at Ormond." 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Must be early spring

Beets, carrots, broccoli, collards, lettuce, cabbage, onions, more collards(?), tomato sets out and corn @ 4".

Perpetuum mobile?

That contraption has an uncanny resemblance with the classic p.m.

However, I guess that the artesian well is irrigating the field in front just fine, thank you very much. And that the pumping is done for the benefit of the house, and maybe for other fields out of sight.

Edit: Damn. Spelling. I do have to overcome my vanity in favour of my curiosity and get myself some bifocals.

Flowing wells

The water from these wells has a high sulpher content (think rotten egg smell). You haven't tasted iced tea until you have experienced tea made with water direct from the well.

I suspect the pump is used to supply the home in the background. The water would go into an open, screened container where the sulpher would out-gas into the air before use.

Lots of veggies

Hi -

Working from near to far, I think I see beets, carrots, something that might be collards, cabbage, lettuce (?), more cabbage, and then I can't tell anymore.



Now there;s a photo ripe for colorizing. Begging for it, even.

Your Produce Order

I'm seeing beets, carrots, probably broccoli, cabbage, and maybe some leaf lettuce.


Is that Dill closer to the camera 1 row from the bottom?

Artesians At Work

If the well is artesian, why would one need a pump? Could the water from the well be used to pump more water (from an additional source) than the well was producing itself?

Name That Crop

I am guessing beets, but it could be collard greens too.

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