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A Lotta Cotton: 1905

A Lotta Cotton: 1905

Circa 1905. "Sorting cotton -- Atlantic Cotton Compress Co., Pensacola, Florida." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

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Spot The Dog!

He's awfully comfy and well camouflaged!

Speechless about the cotton

I couldn't put my feelings about this one into words, until I read what Davidk had to say. The first thing I think of is all of the labor hours that amount of cotton represents; hours in the hot sun, bent over, getting the tips of their fingers made raw from the cotton thorn. This beautiful little girl had probably been working in cotton for several years, by this time. It makes you thankful, or if it doesn't, it should.


What are they sorting it into? Apparently there's some difference between one bit of cotton and the next, but what is it?

Old Man Cotton

Thanks to Shorpy, them as sorts it are not forgotten.

A little girl's face

I frequently embigulate a Shorpy image and leave in on my big monitor so that I can look at it many times and hope my wife and kids will see it too. Today I left on the picture of this little girl at work with the cotton along with the other women of all ages. It is so rich with American history and the lives of women. Plus there is an extraordinary amount of cotton. Thank you, Dave, for these mind-blowing images.

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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