Looks like a strawberry patch in the foreground.
nels on 7th January 2017 @ 12:59am
That's odd. Why were there two photos for January 6?
Not that I am complaining. The more the merrier.
Is the boy coming in from the field carrying a hallock, or was a hallock the small baskets that went inside?
L.E. on 7th January 2017 @ 2:58am
The boy is holding a carrier.
It's been more than 50 years since I've picked strawberries.
So if my memory serves me:
A carrier holds 6 hallocks
Flats were made of wood, single layered for ease of stacking.
Not like the boxes in the picture
A flat holds 2 carriers or 12 hallocks.
A good picker could carry 4 carriers by looping the handles over the
Upright part and standing in the middle of the created square with
1 carrier in each hand and 1 in front and 1 in back.
In the 1950's you would be paid $.25 cents per carrier or $.50 cents a flat
If you picked 10 flats you'd be paid $5.00, stopping at McDonalds
After picking you could get a hamburger fries and a shake and get
Change back from your dollar!
Ralph on 7th January 2017 @ 8:10am
thanks Ralph for bring back the memory of picking strawberrys......great lesion that I still remember....stoop labor was not a vocation I desired to pursue.
Arlen Sheldrake on 7th January 2017 @ 9:29am
I knew this would happen some day. I usually prepare a bunch of posts at one time and schedule them for future display. I prepared 11 new posts yesterday but forgot to change the date on this one.
This was more of a "draft" for a post. I usually rework them when I decide to schedule them for publication. At any one time there are 70-80 draft posts waiting to be finalized and scheduled for publication.
Here's a little background. About 1910 the Hood River Commercial Club hired Benjamin Gifford to help promote orchard land in the HR Valley. We have 3 albums of 8x10 prints covering every aspect of orchards. I'm thinking of posting a series of them next week or the week after.
I think Nels is correct identifying this as a strawberry operation, not apples. Most of the Gifford photos are apple orchards, but a handful are strawberry.
Arthur on 7th January 2017 @ 9:41am
As I recall .... strawberries were planted while the fruit trees matured .... I spy a few young trees ... anyone else ... ?
Stever on 7th January 2017 @ 2:08pm
Thanks Ralph. The reason I asked about the carrier is I have an old wooden one that my mom painted and decorated. It looks like what he is carrying. I didn't realize it was a strawberry carrier.
L.E. on 7th January 2017 @ 2:20pm
All sorts of row crops were planted between rows of young fruit trees. I've seen records of everything from asparagus to tomatoes.
Some day I'll post a close-up picture of the strawberry carrier to refresh Ralph's memory. Hopefully they are pleasant memories.
Arthur on 7th January 2017 @ 2:28pm