: Joe Monroe captures the advancement of mechanized cotton picking machines across a field in this 1961 photograph. These machines could pick as much cotton in an hour as one person could in three days. By the 1960s, most cotton farms used this method of harvest. 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.
: P400_B11_F01_003 Subjects
: Joe Munroe; Cotton picking; Farming; Cotton-picking machinery; Farm equipment Places
: Bakersfield (California)