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New York TimesIn 1953, a young documentary filmmaker named Charles Dee Sharp traveled down the Mississippi River, shooting still photographs for a film he never made. One of Sharp's pictures . . . is a color shot of rows of new red cornpickers awaiting shipment in Moline, Illinois. . . . Those old pickers — so bright and new in 1953 — are a visual reminder of the vital, complex connection between America's agricultural heartland and the Mississippi River.
— Verlyn Klinkenborg