oral history, my great-uncle told how his father made extra money during the winters by pruning other folks' orchards.
A couple weeks back, one of the local history groups on Facebook posted this photo of "prune pickers". But these aren't prune pickers. They're too old, they don't have buckets for the crops, they're warmly dressed... and they're carrying pruning shears. This gang of men are a pruning crew off to shape the trees for a better crop in spring. I don't know if they're Anglo, Portuguese, Italian, or Croatian, but some of them were probably saving for their own orchards, and some might be helping out at someone else's orchard.
Facebook history groups like this seem to be the current rage this year; San Jose Memories has had a great mix of photos, and there's a good half a dozen railroad sites posting random photos. They're great way to attract a wide audience that might not visit a focused history site. Still, I wish there were easier ways to attach the source of photos both for credit and tracking down additional details.
[No idea about where this photo came from, but it's way too good to share. Let me know if you've seen this on a museum's website.]