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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

The Berry Hullers: 1910

The Berry Hullers: 1910

Seaford, Delaware. May 1910. "Mother and children hulling strawberries at Johnson's Hulling Station. Cyral (in baby cart) is 2 yrs. old this May and works steadily hulling berries. At times Cyral would rest his little head on his arm and fall asleep for a few minutes and then wake up, commencing all over to hull berries. While it was found in this investigation that children 3, 4, 5 yrs. were accustomed to start out before sun-up to pick berries, we have not found many cases such as this." View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

The Berry Hullers: 1910

This is Joe Manning, of the Lewis Hine Project. A while back, I identified this family as the Merricks. From left to right: Cyril, mother Lillie, Pauline, John, and George (the one eating the strawberry). I tracked down and interviewed the son of one of the girls in this family who was born a few years after this photo was taken. The extended family was very close, and he had much to tell me. You can see the story of little Cyril and his family at: www.morningsonmaplestreet.com/merrickfamily1.html

 
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