Thursday, May 8, 2008

Cotton Pickers

This photograph was taken in 1938, and it shows Cotton Pickers climbing into a truck, which will take them to the fields for work. I always liked this picture, as it shows the two men helping the older woman up onto the truck. Cotton picking was back-breaking work, long hours, and very low pay.

The photograph was taken by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.


  1. them days
    you had to work
    or starve
    but god cotton picking
    just imagine how tired & old you would feel
    after a short time
    they get my respect
    hands down

  2. I grew up in Taft, Texas during the 50's- 60's. "The Best Cotton Picking Town in Texas". At least that is what the sign says as you enter Taft. Even though our family did well economically, I experienced cotton picking during my teen years. In those days most kids worked the summer months. Yes, it was hard work but it was an experience that taught me to respect blue collar workers. I am now in my 60's and now and then reflect to "the good old days". I have plenty of stories for my kids and grandkids. I have no regrets. A little hard work teaches you never to be afraid to get your hands dirty. An executive secretary for 40 years.

  3. Yes I remember Taft also,in the 60's really great cotton, who are you anonymous?, It's hard to find people like you during these times and same town's and cotton . we Picked in our teen years to, hope you read my post ,I'm in facebook .