Picture Florida: October 2, 1947

This photograph was taken on October 2, 1947. What can this picture tell you?

Be a photo detective! What is going on in this picture? What clues do you see? Don’t be afraid to state the obvious. Noticing details can lead to greater insight.

What people, objects and activities do you notice?

Try an artist’s trick. Divide the photo into four quadrants and study each section. What new details do you see?

Based on what you have observed, what can you infer from this photograph? What questions do you have?

Come back on Monday when we will update the post with more identifying information.


For Teachers

  • Photo Analysis Worksheet from the National Archives
  • Standards: SS.4.A.1.1, LAFS.68.RH.1.2, LAFS.68.RH.1.1, LAFS.910.RH.1.1, LAFS.910.RH.1.2, LAFS.1112.RH.1.1, LAFS.1112.RH.1.2, LAFS.1112.RH.3.9, SS.912.W.1.3, SS.912.A.1.2

UPDATE: It’s Fuller’s Earth!

Fuller’s earth was mined by the Floridin Company in Quincy, Florida. Fuller’s earth has been used in the movies to make pyrotechnic explosions look more spectacular as the fine particles linger in the air and reflect light. It also has uses for filtration, as an absorbent and as a cleaning agent.



6 thoughts on “Picture Florida: October 2, 1947

  1. It kind of looks like he has a clump of what might be sugar in his hands. Maybe that is his task to remove the clumps.

  2. Looks a lot like flour to me. Reminds me of my grandmother who kept a bag of flour in her clothes closet. She would drop her coins in there to keep them safe. She figured that anyone wanting to break into her home and steal would not think of looking for money in a bag of flour in her closet. My cousins, sister, and I loved sifting through the bag on our birthdays for treasure. I still have many of the silver coins I found digging through that bag of flour.

  3. It looks to me like sugar, since we are in Florida where sugar is processed downstate bea Miami. Or it could be a baker (of Cuban breads?) checking his flour.

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