Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Girl Picking Potatoes

Today's picture shows a girl picking potatoes. The picture was taken in 1939 in Rio Grande County, Colorado. The countryside does not look like what I think of Colorado. The twine on the girl's belt is for sewing the potato sacks closed when they are filled.


  1. That is interesting, the men are all wearing gloves to protect their tender hands, and the girl is bare handed digging right on in to those spuds.
    And it looks like she knows how to pick up more than one tater at a time also.
    But if she is like me, I could never work with gloves on, even in the winter time.

  2. I don't like work gloves either. I only wear them when there is danger of poison ivy or black widow spiders.

  3. I like potatoes any way you fix them. And there are many many ways. My daughter likes them stewed. Peel and dice the potatoes, cover with water, bring to a boil. When potatoes are almost fork tender, drain of some of the water. Put half a cup of milk, add a table spoon of flour, salt & pepper into a jar & shake. While potatoes are still boiling, pour Milk-flour mixture into potatoes. Continue cooking until thickened. Add butter and serve. Of course the amount of milk & flour depends on the amount of potatoes you are cooking.

  4. May I please use this photo in my blog article? The post is called, "Everything I Learned about Work Came from Potato Harvest." Even though this picture is from the 30's, we used the same type of baskets to pick potatoes. Thanks! Kathy