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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

White's Bog: 1910

White's Bog: 1910

September 28, 1910. White's Bog, Browns Mills, New Jersey. "Arnao family, 831 Catherine St., Rear #2. Whole family works. Jo is 3 years old. Boy is 6 years old, Girl is 9 years old. We found this family, children and all, working on Hichens farm, Cannon, Delaware, May 28th 1910, before school closed. This is the fourth week of school and the mother said they would be here for 15 or 20 days more. Witness, E.F. Brown." Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Healthier than newsies

While I do sympathize with the plight of the child laborers. it must have been better in the bogs than in the cities as a newsie. I drove Greyhound buses for a while and we carried the migrant workers to pick tobacco, apples, onions or whatever crops; my limited Spanish comprehension came from listening to their stories. Maybe Lewis Wickes Hine can be reincarnated and follow them?

South Jersey

I remember how my town in South Jersey swelled with migrant workers every summer. First it was for picking blueberries and then it was for picking tomatoes. Or maybe the other way around. As a kid, it never dawned on me how terrible that life must be.

Elizabeth Coleman White

Elizabeth Coleman White of White's Bog, New Jersey, pretty much invented the highbush blueberry.

Bog-mindling

Cranberries!

 
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