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Item 13194

Potato pickers, Caribou, ca. 1930

Contributed by: Caribou Public Library

Date: circa 1930

Location: Caribou

Media: Photographic print

Item 13195

Potato barrels at harvest, Caribou, ca. 1930

Contributed by: Caribou Public Library

Date: circa 1930

Location: Caribou

Media: Photographic print

Item 35886

Potato Harvest, Aroostook County, ca. 1940

Contributed by: David Gallagher through Mark & Emily Turner Memorial Library

Date: circa 1940

Media: Postcard

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Potato pickers, Caribou, ca. 1930

Laboring in Maine

Workers in Maine have labored in factories, on farms, in the woods, on the water, among other locales. Many of Maine's occupations have been determined by the state's climate and geographical features.

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Potato Picker's Basket, Presque Isle, ca. 1940

Presque Isle: The Star City - Harvesting Potatoes - Page 5 of 13

The potatoes would be picked from a section of the field allotted to the picker. If the section is too long, the picker would get behind and probably…

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Softwood potato barrel, Hodgdon, ca. 1950

Presque Isle: The Star City - Harvesting Potatoes - Page 6 of 13

Around 1940 the picker would earn 12 cents per barrel and in 1950 the picker earned 20 cents per barrel.

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Two row potato digger, ca. 1935

Presque Isle: The Star City - Potato Harvest Memories - Page 1 of 5

The pickers would make about 25 to 30 cents for a barrel. Her family would use the money to buy clothes for school.

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Aroostook Potato Harvest: Perspective of a Six Year Old

by Phyllis A. Blackstone


A child's memory of potato harvest in the 1950s