Fish flakes, n.d.
Fish flakes, n.d.

Women drying fish on flakes at the Battery. The Newfoundland and Labrador saltfishery was a seasonal, family-based industry with roots dating back to the 16th century. Traditionally, men caught fish in small open boats, while women and children salted and spread the catch to dry on flakes lining the coast.

Photographer unknown. Reproduced by permission of the Archives and Manuscripts Division (Coll. 137 03.07.006), Queen Elizabeth II Library, Memorial University, St. John's, NL.
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