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Work in the vineyard (1925)


Vitriol was employed in various combinations to combat pests and mildew in vineyards.  The Bordeaux solution involved vitriol, lime, and water whereas another solution mixed blue vitriol, crystallized lime, and water.  This photo shows two men in the foreground with metal tanks on their back attached by rubber hose to a metal spraying wand.  In the background are a man and a woman, perhaps attending the horse drawn barrel of vitriol.  The details are interesting.  The metal tanks feature wide rivets and the barrel itself is fastened by two chains.  Sitting quietly and smartly in the shade of the horse is a dog.  With head slightly cocked, it is staring curiously at the photographer.  Winery dogs have been featured in print and online such as Davie White’s briefly run series Wine Dogs.  Perhaps I need compile historic images!

Work in the vineyard - The vitriol is filled in the cans and air pumped (protection against pests). 1925. [1]

Work in the vineyard – The vitriol is filled in the cans and air pumped (protection against pests). 1925. [1]


[1] Arbeit im Weinberg – Das Kupfervitriol wird in die Kannen gefüllt und Luft hineingepumpt (Schutz gegen Ungeziefer). John, Paul W. 1925. Deutsche Fotothek. URL: http://www.deutschefotothek.de/documents/obj/71434230

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