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Picking Citrus, 1894

Fruit pickers in an orange grove

Stokes, C.H. Fruit Pickers in an Orange Grove, [1895?].

In the early years of citrus industry in Florida, before the use of mechanical tractors and trucks, all aspects of the industry were performed by hand. Citrus growers with extensive groves hired low-paid transient black or immigrant labor.  Those with smaller holdings normally employed neighbors and family members to harvest fruit.