(Documentary Artifact): Four b/w photographic prints of Matilda Razon, wife of Juan Razon (or Fig Tree John). She pounds mesquite beans in a wooden mortar. According to notes on the verso of one of the prints, the sacks behind her are full of mesquite beans. Only the pods are edible. The trees grow in the desert.
Notes on verso of prints:
Image 1: OP 15362-1051/ 86:15900-2050/ Fig Tree John’s wife pounding/ mesquite beans 1928/ 20
Image 2: [Same as Image 1]/IN REF BOOK/ [Stamped:] ED. H. DAVIS/ Mesa Grande, Calif./ about 1928
Image 3: OP 15362-1051/ 86:15900-2050/ FIG TREE JOHN’S WIFE, MATILDA RAZON,/ POUNDING MESQUITE BEANS/IN REF BOOK/ 1928/ MARTINEZ (CA)/ 68
Image 4: OP 15362-1051/ 86:15900-2050/IN REF BOOK/ FIG TREE JOHN’S WIFE/ Pounding Mesquite/ beans in wooden mortar. The sacks are full of mesquite/ beans. Only the pods are edible-/ The trees grow on the desert/ 1928