Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Cotton Picker

Good Tuesday Morning to you all. I hope your week is off to a good start. This morning we feature this photograph of a cotton picker in a cotton field. The picture was taken in the 1930's. Hand picking of cotton died out quickly after that, as you simply could not compete with the large mechanized pickers and strippers. 


  1. It looks like the end of the rows are on the highway right of way (ROW). Technically, this practice is using the public land for cultivation. It would not amount to much land in many states, but Texas has very wide ROW for safety and future expansion reasons. In many cases, the ROW could be an additional 40-50 feet from the road which would be a considerable addition to the size of the farm if the frontage was long along that side of the property.

    This ROW is still used today on many farms and in most cases the State and counties have allowed it.

  2. This is a strong and no nonsense lady. I'll bet her kids were very well behaved!

  3. Beautiful photo. She holds herself with dignity and grace. Look at the set of her hand on her hip.

  4. The average 500 lb. bale of cotton will make about 1217 men's T shirts.
    Last year cotton was about 55 cents per lb. It is now over $1.80 per lb. Look forward to higher clothing prices.

  5. You might wish to check out a book of photos of mississippi by Eudora Welty....

  6. What an evocative and stunning photograph! Chas


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