An old style, wood screw, plantation cotton press
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Title: An old style, wood screw, plantation cotton press
Creator: Reed, William Garrison
Subject: Cotton--Handling--North Carolina
Description: Image depicting a cotton-press, described by Reed as: "An Old Plantation Cotton-press.--Before the war every planter ginned and packed his own cotton, using one of these wooden screw-presses. The power was a pair of mules at the lower end of each of the arms, and with the help of about a dozen 'niggers' two bales a day could be packed. Yankee ingenuity has since devised an iron press, that six men can handle, and do three to four times as much work."
Date: October 1884
Format: 7-13/16x6 inches (199x150 mm)
Source: Donated by William Garrison Reed, 1926.
Relation: One image from a collection of 48 images in a photo album.
Coverage: North Carolina
Rights: Permission to use this photograph must be obtained from the New Bern-Craven County Public Library, 400 Johnson Street, New Bern, NC 28560. Must cite as: William Garrison Reed Photo Album, New Bern-Craven County Public Library.
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Images scanned and text prepared by Victor T. Jones, Jr.
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