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Picture taken ca. 1910, Otero county, CO. Title: Harvesting cantaloupe seed. The process: The ripe cantaloupes were piled. The person harvesting the seed had a 4-legged stool which had on one side a machete-like knife with a rounded end. A cantaloupe was taken from the pile and with both hands slammed onto the knife cutting it in half. The seed of each half was scrapped out with the rounded end of the knife. Below the knife was a bucket catching the seed. When full, the bucket was emptied into an oaken barrel (which you do not see in this field).

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