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Apalachicola Shuckers: 1909

Apalachicola Shuckers: 1909

January 1909. "Oyster shuckers at Apalachicola, Florida. This work is carried on by many young boys during busy seasons. This is a dull year so only a few youngsters were in evidence." View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.


Aw shucks!

Well, as far as I can tell, at least 3 of them are sitting on buckets... but I would guess that the actual shucking goes on indoors.

Oyster Shuckers

This photo is a little puzzling. I don't see any receptacles for the oysters. Are the workers just posed on this pile of shells to take advantage of the natural light?

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