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Catalog Number WF 1931
Caption Cannery line at unknown cannery
Description These women are working the cannery line at an unknown location. Several male employees may be seen as well. The women on the right are cleaning the fish of the blood line along the backbone, sliming the fish scales, and cutting off any parts missed by a butchering machine known in the industry as the "iron chink." (Invented in 1903, a time of open racism, the machine got its now-shocking nickname from inventor E.A. Smith because it reduced the number of Chinese workers needed to process fish.) Next in line are the final checkers, after which the fish are cut into canning-size pieces by a machine slicer. The women on the left are hand packing the fish into the cans.
Date 1940s c.
Photographer BRADY, Ferd
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects Industry - Seafood Processing
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms cannery
Cannery line
Iron Chink
Blood line
Fish scales
Object Name Print, photographic