Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Weighing Cotton

When people picked cotton for pay, they were payed based upon how much they got picked. At the end of the day, their bags were weighed, and they were paid accordingly.

The picture above shows cotton pickers having their bags weighed. It was taken in 1935 in Pulaski County, Arkansas.


  1. Isn't that nice of Steve?


    I think my favourite character in this picture is the man with the tache at the back.

  2. This picture is the same location as yesterday's. Note the church & the tall tree sticking up on the skyline. I can't believe I beat Roger to make that observation!
    I like the girl looking at the camera. Rather a primitive weighing apparatus.

  3. Those burlap bags have a strap that went over your shoulder & around your neck. You Plulled the bag along behind you as you filled it with cotton. The bags had the capacity to weigh close to a 100 lbs when full. Just think of pulling that along while bent over. Needless to say, it was extremely hard, hard work.

  4. Uudi, I have one of those "rather primitive apparatus" here, they have no moving parts and are very accurate.

  5. My grandfather had to pick cotton as a POW. Once again the foreigners taking away jobs from hard working americans, no?