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Apple pickers at the W.L. Smith Orchard in Cheswold take time out on November 2, 1932 for this photograph
In 1932, agriculture was the most important industry in Delaware. There was an excellent market for fruit and apples comprised nine to fourteen percent of the total crop value. Kent and Sussex Counties had the most productive apple orchards and early apples were distributed all over the Eastern United States and Canada.
The State Board of Agriculture was also involved with promoting the economic development of Delaware. From 1922 to 1938, photographs were taken to use in promotional publications. Not only does the collection include agriculture-related photos, but a variety of subjects from bridges to town scenes and recreation. The Dover area is especially well represented. Many of these photographs pertain to the poultry and fruit industries.