Piece Work

In 1812 a gentleman by the name of Thomas Kensett invented a method of preserving fruits, vegetables and meats, a method used to this day. It began with the use of glass jars but for obvious reasons, evolved into the use of tin plated cans. This was the beginning of "canned goods" and an industry was born. Kensett originally began this process in New York but later relocated to Baltimore. Workers of the packing houses were paid by the "piece" for the number of tomatoes, strawberries, oysters and other foods they processed. Below are a few images from the Museum of Industry's canning exhibit for your enjoyment.

Piece Work
Piece Work

A B&W version is below. Sort of difficult to go back to this time period without them. :-)

Piece Work - B&W
Piece Work - B&W

Let's have a little closer look at a few of the tools of the trade.

Piece Work - Close-up
Piece Work - Close-up

B&W Version below.

Piece Work - B&W Close-up
Piece Work - B&W Close-up

One of the bounties from the Chesapeake Bay and it's tributaries are shellfish like blue crabs and oysters.

Oysters
Oysters

The B&W version.

Oysters - B&W
Oysters - B&W

There is so much to see in this place, we'll just have to save other images for some future posts. Hope you enjoyed these.

Have a great day! ;-)

4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM