Apples

Happy September Y’all. We’re seeing our first 40 degree nights in Central Illinois, and apples are beginning to be harvested. Around Champaign-Urbana, where I’m writing from, hail storms in August significantly damaged the apple crop. One farmer who I talk to at the farmers’ market had ployed to market her hail-damaged apples as “speckled apples”, but this week looked disappointed with just a few lumpy apples.

Here’s two of my favorite pictures in the IDHH from McClean County Museum of History of the over 6,000 taken by Pantagraph photographer Frank Bill in the 1930’s and 1940’s:

Girls Pick Apple Bumper Crop. 1942. McClean County Museum of History. Pantagraph Negative Collection (1940-1945). Photograph by Frank Bill.
Apple Blossoms. 1939. McClean County Museum of History. Pantagraph Negative Collection (1930-1939). Photograph by Frank Bill.

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