Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Weighing Cottton

Today's picture shows the cotton being weighed at the end of the pay. Workers were paid based on how much they picked, so their bags had to be weighed. The picture was taken in 1935 in Arkansas.


  1. My husband grew up on a small family farm in North Carolina. When he got old enough, he joined the crew of cotton pickers. It was really hard work and he reasoned that if he put a few rocks in the sack it would be heavier and he would be paid more. When the sack was full he took it to his father to be weighed. His father called out the weight and then added, "Minus the rocks" and then he owed his father money instead of his father owing him. He didn't cheat again. The black men on the crew tried to warn him, but he didn't listen.

  2. Sounds like something a kid would do. Serves the little rascal right! Bet he didn't try that trick again.

  3. "Hey, where the white women at?"


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