In the past century, New Brunswick's potato harvest has evolved from relying on many hands to gather the crop to sophisticated machinery that performs the work of hundreds of people. Here's a look at some images from long ago of harvesting potatoes in New Brunswick and other parts of Canada:

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Digging potatoes with horses and hand laborers, circa 1920.

 

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Maliseet (Wulustukwiak) boy on a farm with a basket of potatoes, Woodstock, New Brunswick, early 20th century.

 

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H. Rasmussen farm, New Denmark area, New Brunswick, October 1953.

 

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Picking potatoes by hand in New Brunswick, 1953.

 

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Drawing potatoes, with horse and wagon, Woodstock, N.B., date unknown.

 

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Maliseet (Wulustukwiak) women picking potatoes, Peabody Brothers farm, Woodstock, New Brunswick. 

 

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Three First Nation women, a young girl and infant standing in a potato field, Woodstock, New Brunswick, early 20th Century.

 

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Cultivating potatoes with horses, Centreville, New Brunswick, early 1900's.

 

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Gathering potatoes after digging, early 1900s, a muddy field in New Brunswick.

 

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Children picking potatoes on Prince Edward Island, circa 1921.

 

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Potato picking with horse-drawn digger near Charlottetown, P.E.I.

 

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Dogs ploughing potato field, Hay River Mission, Northwest Territories, 1921.