(Original Caption) Far different from the modern methods used today, this photo taken by Lewis W. Hine at the turn of the century reveals the method at that time. Before the child labor laws were enforced, women and children were hired to cut string beans in a processing plant; even though there was mechanization available most of the work was done by hand. Introduced to Europe and Asia in a large variety of species, an interest in bean varieties with stringless pods gave the initial impetus to America bean breeding about 1890. This led to today's string beans called snap beans, which have had the stringiness bred out of them.
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May 18th, 2020
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