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Joe Munroe Archive
Description: Crows can be a real pest to farmers. While many people are familiar with the straw scarecrow as a means of deterring crows, another method practiced by some farmers is hanging a dead crow in the field in an unnatural position. Once other birds realize the crow is not alive, it acts as a deterrent. The California farmers seen in this 1962 Joe Munroe photograph are using this method to protect their crops. Joe Munroe's career began in 1939 at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. He served in the Air Force during World War II and then joined Cincinnati-based Farm Quarterly magazine. Though raised in Detroit, agriculture became an important subject of Joe's photographs. He moved to California in 1955 and free-lanced, taking magazine assignments and selling his own work. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: P400_B30_F2115_JPG093
Subjects: Joe Munroe; Farming; Farm equipment; Scarecrows
Places: California