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Cochineal beetle harvest, by Eadweard Muybridge
Cochineal beetle harvest, by Eadweard Muybridge
Women gardeners put on their clogs ready for work, World War II
Women gardeners put on their clogs ready for work, World War II
Women gardeners, The Rock Garden, RBG Kew, World War II
Women gardeners, The Rock Garden, RBG Kew, World War II
Female gardener working in the orchid house, during World War II
Female gardener working in the orchid house, during World War II
Felled tree for Kew Flagstaff, British Columbia, 1914
Felled tree for Kew Flagstaff, British Columbia, 1914
Japanese hemp production circa 1910
Japanese hemp production circa 1910
Preparing cinnamon, Sri Lanka, 1880's
Preparing cinnamon, Sri Lanka, 1880's
Preparing cinnamon quills for drying, Sri lanka, 1880's
Preparing cinnamon quills for drying, Sri lanka, 1880's
Coffee harvest at Batu Cave Estate, Singapore, 1899
Coffee harvest at Batu Cave Estate, Singapore, 1899
Bringing in the plucked tea leaves in India
Bringing in the plucked tea leaves in India
Tea plantation, Far East
Tea plantation, Far East
Women gardeners put on their clogs ready for work, World War II Featured Image

Women gardeners put on their clogs ready for work, World War II

Women gardeners were employed at Kew during World War II, after an interval of nearly a quarter of a century. Fourteen women were enrolled onto the staff in 1940, joined by a further thirteen in 1941. The women referred to their unifrom of apron and clogs as battledress'. The clogs were wooden soled shoes with leather uppers. One of the women, Jean Thompson told colleague Betty Cooper: "My most vivid impression was the difficulty I had balancing on the rocks in my clogs."

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