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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • TO FINLAND WITH ME, 1950

A Billion Beets: 1939

A Billion Beets: 1939

October 1939. "Sugar beet factory along Snake River. Shows beet dump, beet pile. Nyssa, Malheur County, Oregon." Medium format negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 
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Sabotage

this is the industry where the notion "sabotage" was born. When the laborers in the factories wanted to protest against their working load they threw a sabot (wooden shoe) in the machine.

Closed

This story about the closure of the factory and its impact to the town is heartbreaking.

Beets, Me

Beets figure prominently in the novel Jitterbug Perfume (1984) by Tom Robbins. (“Slavic peoples get their physical characteristics from potatoes, their smoldering inquietude from radishes, their seriousness from beets.”) I grew up within smelling distance of a sugar beet processing plant in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and the odor, while not unpleasant, is certainly distinctive.

 
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