Strawberry picking Judsonia Arkansas. Strawberry capital of the world....once...

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Advantage

This photo was provided by Donnie Miller, lifetime resident of White County Arkansas who knows everone in the county.  He serves as President of Regions Bank in Searcy Arkansas and appreciates the history of our area.  In this photo, his mother is in the center and his grandmother is on the left and the one bringing up the berries is unknown. Read underneath the picture to see how important this area was in harvesting strawberries.

Interesting today is the bonnet wear on all three ladies.  Have caps taken over?  Even with the girls?

I also like the outfits of the girls.  I think Grandmother must have had on a dress and cotton stockings and surely that neck treatment is a dress and not the heavy beads that ladies are wearing now.  Donnie's mother is sweet as a strawberry in her overalls! Wouldn't it be nice if a Sleuth could identify the third person......



Strawberry picking in Arkansas

Comments (6)

Kay Van Kampen
RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX - Springfield, MO
Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate
They were smart putting on hats back then. I might have more hair if IHad done that. I love picking strawberries.
Jun 06, 2012 12:53 PM
Anita Fuller

 a respectible woman would not go out in the hot sun without her bonnet!  As the picture of my mother on a former blog attests:  mother in her bonnet and shorts, hanging the clothes on the line.

Pickers were probably paid 5 cents a quart, maybe 10, but no more.  A quart of "berries" was no more than a quarter?  Someone tell me if that's about right.

Jun 06, 2012 10:30 PM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Kay, you are the only person that I have ever heard say they love picing strawberries.  Most say it is back-breaking work!

Anita, I didn't know the social status of a bonnet!  I never wore one in my life so I guess that is why I had no respect or social status.  LOL  I'll bet you never wore one either!

Jun 06, 2012 10:33 PM
Debbie Wantulok

Ladies play both are respectable and have social status in my book.  No bonnets necessary.  However, I have a few if you need to borrow them.

I have to admit that I adore Mr. Donnie's mom's outfit too...isn't it nice when you can look that good while working?

What I noticed most is that all the ladies are wearing long sleeves...isn't it warm weather when you pick strawberries?  Maybe they respected the sun more than people do many act like they are unaware of the skin cancers that exposure to the sun can cause...looks like these ladies were aware and prepared...gloves too...hmmm...and shoes made for walking...

If some today showed up they would be in shorts, halter tops, and worries about harvesting a million crates...they would harvest one and want a million dollars...they would wonder why no one was purchasing their product complaining about their skin cancers, blisters on their hands, and feet...wanting someone to go to Mikie D's for them...and if you mentioned a bonnet or an apron they would wonder what language you were using...or if you were referring to a new video game...

Enjoyed the picture...hope future generations invest in growing strawberries.

Jun 07, 2012 05:09 AM
Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

Those pint strawberry baskets were interesting. They had thin wood panels held by a metal frame. They were reusable and would last a long time.


Strawberry Basket

I like the unknown lady on the right. She looks good in those jeans and bonnet.

Jun 07, 2012 06:56 AM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Debbie, more vivid points about this picture.  Long sleeves may have protected the arms from insects and stickers along with the sun.  Notice too that we see the people who live in other countries where the sun is so hot wearing long body-covering clothing which must be the same as living under a tent.  I never tanned well but envied the ones who did.

Don, I remember the reusable baskets.  Wish someone knew the lady.

Jun 07, 2012 09:41 PM