SHRIMP SEASON

Shrimp season is here in South Mississippi, and this year is vital to the industry.  Last year the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico shut down the shrimp season, and hurt a lot of shrimpers and other businesses.  With shrimp season opening May 25th, the earliest recorded time in history, the Mississippi Gulf Coast is on it's way to normalcy once again.  I thought I'd share some old photos of shrimp life back in the early 1900s.  All of the photos were taken about 100 years ago, and it's insane to think this is the way life was.  The shit might be hitting the fan right now, but at least your children don't work.

Some of the young shrimp workers for Dunbar, Lopez, Dukate Co. 
Biloxi, MS

Some of the young shrimp workers for Dunbar, Lopez, Dukate Co. 
Biloxi, MS

 Marie Kriss, seven years old, shucks oysters and picks shrimp at Biloxi Canning Co.  
Makes 25 cents some days. 
Biloxi, MS

 Young shrimp picker in front of child-labor oyster shells.  Dunbar, Lopez, Dukate Co. 
Biloxi, MS

 Small portion of shrimp pickers for Biloxi Canning Factory.
 Biloxi, MS

"Teeny" Adams, age 11.  Picks shrimp at the Biloxi Canning Factory.
Biloxi, MS

Group picking shrimp.  Biloxi Canning Factory.
Biloxi, MS

Picked shrimp for Peerless Oyster Co.  
Bay St. Louis, MS

 
Sadie Kelly, 11 years old, Picks shrimp for the Peerless Oyster Co.
Bay St. Louis, MS

 
Maud Daly, five years old. Grade Daly, three years old. 
Each picks about one pot of shrimp a day for the Peerless Oyster Co.
Bay St. Louis, MS 

Some shrimp workers at an oyster company.  Picture was taken while the bosses
were at dinner since they refused to allow the children to be in photos.
Bay St. Louis, MS

One of the labor camps for Peerless Oyster Co.  
About 18 families lived here.
Bay St. Louis, MS

 "Lillian Dambrinio, an eleven-year-old shrimp picker in Peerless Oyster Co. 
She is an American and lives here. Says picking makes her hands sore. 
(Note: The condition of her shoes. One worker told me, "The acid in the shrimp eats the shoes off your feet.").
She says she earns a dollar a day when shrimp are big. 
Goes to school, but not when factory is busy."
Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.



All photos are provided by the Library of Congress.