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The Cotton Press

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The Cotton Press

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After raw cotton was ginned of its seeds, huge cotton presses were used to form it into uniform bales for shipping and marketing. Advances in technology allowed the continued growth of the cotton industry well after the end of slavery. This engraving is from Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, published in October, 1877.
Image Credit: Collection of the New-York Historical Society

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