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Diving For Buttons
Description: Mussel shells retrieved from the White River in Batesville, Arkansas are transformed into buttons at the Batesville Shell and Pearl Works.
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Clip #: MF-22M
Length: 2:52
Color: B/W
Sound: Sound
Library: TFA Network
Decade: 1950s
Region: North America
Country: United States
State: Arkansas
Subject: Fishing
Original: 16mm
1950s, Batesville, Arkansas, White River, Royal Barber diving for mussels, mussels being steamed to be easily opened, mussels being opened to separate meat from shells, Batesville Shell and Pearl Works, male worker shoveling mussel shells into rotating sizing machine, male workers making buttons out of mussel shells, shells held in clamp being brought against rapidly spinning circular grinder which cuts out button blanks, male worker scooping button blanks from bucket with hands, women wearing and examining buttons made from mussel shells

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