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Steam-Powered McCarthy Gin

This drawing, captioned "Ginning Cotton by Steam," accompanied an article titled "Cotton, In the Coast and Upland Fields of South Carolina" by Jennie Haskell, published in Frank Leslie's Popular Monthly in May 1880. The men on the left supply seed cotton to the McCarthy gin while the woman gathers the lint. The woman in the center sorts the lint while the man in the right foreground bags it.
Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress