Thursday, February 28, 2013

8 Million Bushels of New Deal Oysters

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The WPA planted over 8 million bushels of oysters in various parts of the country. The photos above show WPA workers loading a boat with oyster shells in Crisfield, Maryland, in 1936, and a different group of WPA workers shoveling oyster shells into the Chesapeake Bay.

Those "lazy shovel leaners" sure did fill a lot of American bellies with food, didn't they?

(Photos courtesy of the University of Maryland College Park Archives)

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