Views of Alachua
James Calvert Smith

Sizing Oranges

10 1/8" by 14 1/2". 1950. Charcoal. 

Accompanying Text Reads:

Sizing Oranges. My father bought this orange sizer from Mr. Riggs who made them in his workshop in Micanopy, 12 m S.E. of Gainesville up to 1894. The method of the sizing process was to roll the oranges down two inclines with slits which were narrower at the top and widened gradually all the way to the bottom, the oranges would drop through this slit and land in the crate under their size number which was stenciled on side of sizer.

The top number, 250, indicated the number of oranges of this size could be packed in standard box, other numbers indicated the same. The packers were efficient, though some would only pack certain sizes. Tissue paper was in use then and colored for top layer. When I was 12 - 14 years old I sized the oranges -- then the "Big Freeze" came in 1894-95. It was at this time I decided to become an artist. -- James Calvert Smith.

Scanning of this photo was funded by the E. Ashby Hammond Memorial Fund.

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