National Geographic : 1941 Feb
Photograph by Willard R. Culver He Can Yank Any Bale from Half a Million For the Public Cotton Warehouse in New Orleans, C. A. Bertel invented a crane system of removing any ticketed bale from canyonlike tiers in three minutes. By the old method it often takes hours to get at one. Photograph from Sea Island Cotton Control Famed Sea Island Cotton Requires Special Gins and Handling Enemy Boll Weevil reducedthis long and lustrous fiber from a10-million dollar crop in 1911 to onlyseven bales marketed in1929. Now Florida is growing the premium varietyagain.