Thursday, September 20, 2012

Migrant Potato Pickers



Today's picture shows a camp for Migrant Potato Pickers. The camp is in Siskiyou County, California. The picture was made in 1939. Many of the people in the camp did not even have a tent, and lived out of a car, or under a tarp. It is amazing how hard the people fought to provide for themselves during the depression.

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  1. Now a days they just depend on welfare.

    Beautiful baby and mother.

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  2. Work and and not run to the goverment for a jand out.
    I state, that if people had to do some kind of work before they got there check, there would be a lot less people on welfare.
    Things like picking up trash in a ditch, or keeping a couple of blocks uptown trash free.
    Just something to get them out of the house and out of the bars.
    Pick weeds, water the ground in the City or State parks.

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    1. I'm with you! and so much of our roads and infrastructure needs repair, let's put these folks back to work to earn their keep and restore there dignity and self-respect.

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  3. Today, there are too many government regulations - Social Security papers work, unemployment forms, etc - to make hiring day labor feasible - or legal. Believe me, as a food pantry volunteer, there are *plenty* of folks who would LOVE to work, but really can't find a job.

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    1. I think it is that they can't find a job that pays big bucks without working hard.
      When every I go out shopping, almost every place I go there is "NOW HIRING" sign in their window.
      Grant you, it generally is for low paying jobs, but it is a job!!!

      Some people would rather sit home and watch TV rather than go work at a low paying job. I have heard them say that they can draw almost as much from unemployment and can stay home. And when unemployment runs out, they will get a job and work it until they are eligible to draw unemployment again.

      Now don't get me wrong, there are some people that would rather work than sit home, but they are few and far between.

      Jusy my opinion I could be wrong.

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    2. Where we live, it would take two people working full time at minimum wages to afford a two bedroom apartment. Also, the public" bus only runs during the week, so folks have no way to get to work on Saturday and Sunday if they don't own (or can borrow) a car. In today's market, tragedy can strike at any moment, and even those of us who think we have our ducks in a row can find one of those "ducks" dead in the water.

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  4. Even though they may have been on hard times the baby looks well taken care of and happy, and the young woman has a smile on her face.

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  5. This picture has to be one of my all time favorites from OPD. How can that photo not put a smile on your face! Times were tough and there were no safety nets like we have now other than churches and private charity groups. Hoover relied alot on these private organizations to lend a hand. Roosevelt was of the opinion that government should do alot more. Roosevelt won the debate. Yesterday I walked in a convience store and a young lady, (I'm being very generous when I say "Lady"), offered me $50 dollars worth of food stamps if I could give her $30 in cash. I passed on the deal of course but I felt bad and gave her 5 bucks anyway. She complained that it wasn't enough. Thats where we are at these days.

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  6. As a retired Walmart cashier, I saw it all the time. People paying for the customer groceries behind them with "their" food stamp card, & that person giving them the cash money. Or, bringing 3 items & wanting each rang up separately so they could get the limited amount of cash back.

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  7. Didn't you know this would bring in the comments! While I know there is abuse of the system, I do think we have to be careful someone like the single mother who cannot afford daycare if she works at a minimum wage is forgotten or included with the chronically lazy and welfare cheats. I'm not sure what I would do if I were tested in that way...

    On the bright side - that is one seriously cute baby!

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    1. In Iowa (and I would imagine most states) a single mother working a minimum wage job would be eligible for the State to pay her child care.

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  8. yes!!! seriously cute baby!!! She looks happy and healthy (and not overweight). and with family--in that era there were a lot of children in institutions and other dreadful places. Love the photos. When I was a child (yes single Mother) as long as we were together it did not matter where we were. Sometimes she could not keep us together and we always longed for her. Then we would be back together and the world be upright again. ahhh Roosevelt, Hoover Harding--we are living with their decisions and how do we fix?????????? I agree with DADD but yesterday I had a client that lost her job and cannot get another because she is overqualified--not what??
    Yes she would work for lots less to keep her family going. We need to pray--and often for our country and its people. Please vote in November

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    1. When I got laid off, I tried to get part-time, temporary, or full time work. When they saw my Resume already made out, some would say "You're Over Qualified." I say " Well, just pay me more, I could always stand the increase." I'd ask, What do you think someone with my skills is worth??

      Well, No Takers !!!

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  9. Interesting, I grew up in that era, we grew a garden, raised chickens in our backyard and were happy. We never realized we were poor! Maybe because there was no television to tell us what we were missing....AND every Sunday we all met at my Grandmother's home after church to eat together & play with all our cousins. My little brother still tells me those were the "best of days".

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  10. I agree with Waterdoc in that only commenting on those who abuse the system is wrong. When people do that they brand everyone who is in need of help and somewhere there are children who cry at school because he or she is bullied by other kids who found out his mother or parents are on social assistance. Where do children learn this...from the parents.
    If more corporations were not increasingly getting their products made in Mexico, or off shore in some distant land using cheap labour (many of which are often abused), then maybe there would be more jobs for Americans. It benefits the bottom line for corporate owners and shareholders but not the average American working person. Bring back the jobs.

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  11. This brings to me, that there are alot of wrong answers and not so many right. Assistance needs to happen, yes. But with limitations. There are people who need disability, but then there are others who abuse the system. How do you tell the difference?
    There was a time when I was a practicing drug addict, I had a son, I was on food stamps and got financial assistance as well. It sould not have been allowed to happen that way, it actually enabled me to continue my self destructive behavior for a long time, and my son paid the price for it. I had no desire to work, I had no job skills, and I had a million excuses as to why I could not get a job. Fast forward to several years later, when a little stint in prison opened my eyes and got me out of my self destruction. I was fortunate to get help ( the right kind of help) that promoted self suffiency. I started out telemarketing and then working in a thrift store, and then working with other recovering addicts, and then as a parts runner, and then worked my way up and am now an office manager for a very succesful Parts Sales Company. I did all of this in Ten years and have been clean and sober the whole time, But it took drive and determination. Most of all it took someone teaching me how to get started.
    I beleive in drug testing anyone recieving assistance. I also believe that assistance should only be available for a limited amount of time. I think, what should be offered (required) is the type of assistance needed to change a persons way of thinking. Teaching how to find a job, how to keep a job, and how to budget money. I also think that anyone caught abusing the system should be on their own...period. Of course the back lash of that will probably be a higher crime rate...but maybe not who knows.

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  12. Oh and yes...great pic...cute baby beautiful mom!

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  13. That is such a beautiful photo - their faces are as fresh as today. Breaks your heart to think of their hardships, and yet, at least for that moment, they are blissful.

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  14. Also to think that mother had no disposable diapers! So somehow she probably kept the wet ones and rinsed and washed them out after a hard day of working!I wonder how she would have dried them overnight or on a wet or cloudy day? The beby looks fresh and clean.
    On the subject of welfare and such, I know first hand (sad to say my daughters) get govt assistance and they abuse it. Their friends and mother in law(1 of my daughters is married)use it as a form of exchange for buying prescription drugs etc. I just found out by reading something on the internet one of them wrote. It so irrittates me that they can afford to buy tobacco but get govt. money for groceries! My husband and I raised 6 children together and he worked much overtime. Sometimes we had crock pot beans and corn bread because we were low on groceries. We did not waste our money and raised healthy children. The 3 boys are doing great married and jobs. The 3 girls lives are a mess. They all grew up going to church also.
    My girls are not even interested in "how it was" I loved and still do the old fashion way but they have no desire to hear about it. It saddens me.

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