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The Muck Truck: 1942

The Muck Truck: 1942

September 1942. "Batavia, New York (vicinity). Tomato harvest on Nesbitt's farm. West Virginia crew of pickers en route to the muck fields." Medium format negative by John Collier for the Office of War Information. View full size.

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Mucking About

I'm a native of Batavia. My mother grew up in Elba.

The "muck" is a swath of rich, black, very fertile soil that lies in a swath from the shore of Lake Ontario to about twenty miles south in Western New York. There are farms aplenty in the region. The main crops in that area are onions, potatoes, and lettuce. Regarding the former, Elba is also known for its Onion Festival in the first week of August. The festival famously includes a carnival, during which is crowned the "Onion Queen," who then enjoys the honor of sitting in the place of honor atop a float in the "Onion Parade."

Made for Harvesting

This International Harvester flatbed looks like a model D30. Difficult to say what year, but it was made in this design from 1938 to 1940. Equipped with a six-cylinder, 175 cubic inch, 46 hp engine and four-speed manual transmission.

SHORPY HISTORICAL 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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