These photos tell the story of potato planting season on a family farm in northern Maine in May 1943.

Photographer John Collier of the Farm Service Administration was in Aroostook County and paid a visit to Acadian farmer Leonard Gagnon in Fort Kent..

Starting out for the fields...

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Young Ben Gagnon hitches a ride on the planter.

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Leonard Gagnon and hired man load the hopper.

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Adding fertilizer.

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Planting potatoes in the rocky soil of northern Aroostook...

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John Collier/Library of Congress
John Collier/Library of Congress

The hired man pours seed potatoes into a  tub to re-fill the planter.

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John Collier/Library of Congress

Planting straight rows...

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John Collier/Library of Congress
John Collier/Library of Congress

The farmer's children help with the planting operation.

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Leonard Gagnon's daughter, Marianne.

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A family affair.

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John Collier/Library of Congress

 

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Burning fertilizer bags.

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Long days on the farm.

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Field dog.

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The rolling fields of Fort Kent, near the Canadian border.

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You can find more of John Collier’s photographs in the Library of Congress.