On October 2, 1944, several hundred people came to the Hopson plantation outside Clarksville, MS, to watch eight International Harvester mechanical cotton pickers clean the field.
A skilled worker could pick twenty pounds of cotton in an hour. One machine could pick up to 1,000 pounds, or two bales, of cotton in one hour.
In one day, the machines picked all the cotton, a total of 62 bales. One machine could do the work of fifty people.