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Where the Bogs Are: 1911

Where the Bogs Are: 1911

September 1911. "Crowded tenement used by cranberry pickers ('Bravas' or 'black Portuguese,' from the islands of Cape Verde) in bogs near Wareham, Massachusetts." Gelatin silver print by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.


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Here we see replicated many of the conditions of an inner-city tenement block in what otherwise was probably a very bucolic setting.

Still plenty of bogs

There are still many bogs in the area. When I was a younger lots of us kids got part time jobs picking cranberries. It's quite interesting to see the bogs raked and flooded and the cranberries collected. Ocean Spray's headquarters were in this area of Massachusetts.

Toys for poor kids?

Reminds me of the barnyard in Croatia 30 years ago where my 3-year-old nephew's favorite toy was a live chicken. He'd grab one and hang on for dear life. Great fun. ("You'd be wise to leave that big rooster alone.")

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