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Cotton

Cotton figures in the very first mention we have of Coovert as a photographer: a gold medal at the Paris Exposition of 1889. The medallion given to him and his partner Patorno for "Best State Views,"showed an image of an overflowing basket of cotton. Coovert returned again and again to the subject of cotton: its transportation, growing, harvesting, and especially the workers in the field.

Coovert's view is at times celebratory and fanciful, and at times respectful and straightforward . His vision went throughout the world and established for millions the very idea of the cotton South.

african american,

cotton plantation,

mississippi delta,

cotton picking,

black labor,

cotton,

1920s south,

deep south,

yazoo-mississippi delta,

yazoo/mississippi delta,

mississippi river

Cotton weighing in the Delta. Photo by Coovert # 1201. Memphis Library Collection.
Cotton Harvest with dog lying in pile of cotton. Coovert. Hadley collection.
Cotton wagon with workers in front of Richardson's Gin. Photo by Coovert no. 112. Hadley Collection
Mules hauling cotton. Photo by Coovert no. 139. Brashier Collection

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    Cotton picking in the Delta. Photo by Coovert. Memphis Public Library Collection.
    Bales of cotton in Memphis railroad yard. Coovert No. 239. Dye Collection.
    Man holding cotton. Photo by Coovert. Hadley Collection.
    Family picking cotton. Photo by Coovert. No. 116. Hadley Collection.
    Cotton harvest on the Wilson Plantation experimental unit. Photo by Coovert # 1524. Tinted. Hadley Collection.
    Picking Cotton in the Delta. Photo by Coovert, G-ville. No. 188. Hadley Collection.
    Cotton plant with open bolls and roots. Photo by Coovert. Memphis Public Library Collection.
    Man in cotton field near gin. Photo by Coovert. Brashier Collection.
    Bales of cotton by trolly track. Photo by Coovert No. 210. Hadley Collection.
    Bucket of cotton seed at Tri- State Fair. Photo by Coovert. Brashier Collection.
    Railroad car loaded high with cotton bales. Photo by Coovert No. 231. Brashier Collection.
    Cotton pickers at Wilson Plantation, 1929. Photo by Coovert No. 1829. Brashier Collection.
    Woman with auto in cotton field in the Delta. Photo by Coovert No. 136. Hadley Collection.
    Cotton picking in the Delta. Photo by Coovert no. 317. Memphis Public Library Collection.
    Picking cotton in the Delta, with dog. Photo by Coovert No. 409. Dye Collection.
    Four cottonpickers, black overseer on mule, in the Delta. Photo by Coovert No. 1203. Memphis Public Library Collection.
    Two men picking cotton in the Delta. Photo by Coovert No. 158. Hadley Collection.
    Cotton piled beside field in the Delta. Photo by Coovert no. 113. Brashier Collection.
    Cottonblossom and open boll. Photo by Coovert. Brashier Collection.
    Bales of cotton in warehouse yard. Brashier Collection.