National Geographic : 1953 Dec
O National Geographic Society 804 Kol 4 Field Hands Near Mattoon Harvest 14-foot Broomcorn Before the plants' heads can be cut off, the tall stalks have to be broken over. Curing sheds dry and bale the brushy parts for shipment to factories (below). dachromes by Walt Ellis and National Geographic Photographer Willard R. Culver y Paris, Illinois, Workers Make the Finished Product-Brooms Merkle Broom Co. employees scrape off seeds and comb out fibers on revolving cylinders. From this room the brooms go to machines to be sewn.