9 in HIGH x 7.125 in WIDE
(22.86 cm HIGH x 18.10 cm WIDE)
The Oakland Tribune Collection, the Oakland Museum of California. Gift of ANG Newspapers

One photo of a cotton field with a farmer standing guard with a gun watching over four workers bent over in parallel rows picking cotton with long cloth bags trailing behind them. There is also one worker in the distance behind the farmer. On a piece of paper glued to the back of the photo is this information: "15324 Associated Press Photo, From New York, Caution: Use Credit. (EDS: This is one of a series of five pictures) COTTON PICKING TIME IN SOUTH TEXAS EDINBURG, TEX.---- Tenant owner Jose Lopex, a gun in his hands, watches over his cottom pickers to assure them of no interference from union organizers while they work. These Mexicans are picking some of the first cottom to be harvested in the United States this year. Associated Press Photo, 7-5-37, THD525PEDT JFL." The words" Agridulture Labor" is handwritten in red ink on this label. There is also a stamp in purple ink on the back of the photo partially obscured by the piece of paper glued to the back with the date "JUL 7, 1937."

Used: Oakland Tribune

Picture This Information

This artifact is part of the OMCA's Picture This website. More about the context and history of this artifact is available at Picture This.

About the Picture This web project: California's Perspectives on American History is a resource for teachers and students to learn about the experiences of diverse peoples of California by using primary source images from the Oakland Museum of California's collections. Organized into 11 time periods spanning from pre-1769 to the present, more than 300 photographs, drawings, posters, and prints tell stories from the perspectives of different ethnic groups. Historical contexts are provided to offer a framework of California's role in relation to American history.

The National Archives state that primary sources, "fascinate students because they are real and they are personal: history is humanized through them." Picture This invites students to examine the historical record, encouraging them to connect history with real people and explore how images tell stories and convey historical evidence about the human experience. History becomes more than just a series of facts, dates, and events.      

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