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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

A Basket Factory: 1908

A Basket Factory: 1908

October 1908. Evansville, Indiana. "Boy making melon baskets. A Basket Factory." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

So many young lives cut brutally short

... by the tragedy of Basket Elbow.

Nail your own

At home (east Texas) in the Fifties a lot of people grew sweet potatoes, and they were taken to market in boxes made of extremely thin slats nailed to sturdier end frames. During the season, anybody who strolled by the packing shed was encouraged to make boxes at five cents per each. If you were old enough to drive a nail straight, you were welcome (and got paid). It was a great way to get the price of a movie ticket (twenty-five cents).

The slanted seat is a very practical and comfortable way to accommodate a task that requires more reach than is easily possible while sitting down. We used them in the Sixties for sorting peaches.

Keeping on your toes

That slanted board he's using as a "chair" certainly should do the trick.

His great-grandsons sit around all day too

Playing on their Xboxes!

 
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