All these photos show men, women, and children in Biloxi who were associated with the oyster shucking business of the Barataria Canning Co.
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These images bring to mind the work life of my mother's father who — his father having died — quit school in his home town of Passaic, New Jersey, so he could work to help support the family. In 1891, at age 9, he got his first job: tending cows. A bit later he worked in local spinning and rubber mills. At age 14 he apprenticed as a carpenter. Although he achieved considerable success before the Depression wiped him out, he never attained more than a 4th grade education.