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Peach Picker: 1936

Peach Picker: 1936

July 1936. Peach picker in Musella, Georgia. Earns 75 cents a day. View full size. Photograph by Dorothea Lange.

 

Hayes Store

The old store is still in operation, as is the packing shed (Dickey's). It's the oldest automated continuously operating shed in the state with the best peach ice cream anywhere. I've tried to find out who the woman was but have not been successful.

Contrast

That's quite a contrast between the peach picker woman and the Double Cola harlequin girl behind her.

Musella Memories

I worked at a peach packing shed in Musella as a teenager. While I am sure that in the 1930's more than one packing shed existed in the tiny town only one exists now. The town of Musella is little more than a stop sign, a gas station, and a peach packing shed beside train tracks. This photo is haunting, and I would love to know if anyone has any more information about it.

 
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