Vintage Shantyboat for Button Harvester

As found at Hoosier State Chronicles:

“(This photo taken on the Wabash River at Vincennes, Indiana, around 1905 shows a pearl fisherman in his boathouse.  He kept a “cooker” on hand to steam the mussel shells open.  “The meat was fed to hogs or used as bait.”  Shells were sent off to button factories.)”

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Originally posted 2016-05-13 19:37:33.

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