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Industrial Crossing: 1937

Industrial Crossing: 1937

        "40 cents no less."

June 1937. "Packing company strike. Cambridge, Maryland." Medium format negative by Arthur Rothstein, Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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A ration of Phillips

Since Delmarva farms grew tremendous amount of varied vegetables, Phillips Packing was a huge supplier of WWII rations for the troops. Now, it's almost all soybeans and corn, which we turn into chickens via Perdue and others. The packing house complex sprawled over a wide area of Cambridge. There are current plans to revitalize the remaining building.

From Packing House to Bargain Center

The Phillips Packing warehouse survives as Artwell's Home Furnishings and Bargain Center, 1 Washington Street. Faint lettering above "Phillips" over the warehouse door is still visible in Google Street View. Railroad track is visible but no longer used and a water tower similar to the one shown here is also visible. Across the street is the footprint of a vary large demolished industrial complex.

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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