Shucking oysters

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ddr-densho-15-93 (Legacy UID: denshopd-p15-00093)

Mitsuoka Collection

These Japanese Americans are shucking oysters on a table. Unshelled oysters were stored behind the wall shown here. The workers grabbed the oysters through an opening in the wall, opened them, placed the oysters in buckets, then deposited the shells on a conveyor belt below the worktable. Shuckers were paid by the bucket.

c. 1937


Courtesy of the Mitsuoka Family Collection

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