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Wire Grass Men

Wire Grass Men
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Title: Wire Grass Men
Description: Photographic postcard of a group of men and boys gathered for a meal in a tent. There are benches along the sides of the table. One man sits on a wooden box at the end. There are pitchers, a bowl and metal coffee pot on the table. The cook, second from right, is wearing a cap and long checkered apron. The caption reads, "Getting busy with the wiregrass men Montello."

Image ID: 106936
1910 ca.
City, State: Montello, Town of, Wisconsin
Bass, Edward A., Dr. : Negatives, photographs, and digital images, circa 1885-1910
Genre: Postcard
Wire grass was harvested from marshland around Montello in the early part of the twentieth century. Factories in Oshkosh (Oshkosh Co. and Waite & Co.), Green Bay (Willow Grass Co.) and St. Paul, MN (Crex Carpet Company) fabricated inexpensive rugs from the grass. Montello photographer and printer Lucy Kaufmann may have created this postcard; she used similar type to label her work.
Subjects: Furniture
Agricultural laborers
Dinners and dining
Indoor photography
Portraits, Group
Work clothes
Clothing and dress
Implements, utensils, etc.

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