Readers raised on fruit farms—including this archivist—may remember the high-pitched whine of an orchard pesticide sprayer in action. Pictured, Peter J. Sawatzky of Ruthven, Ont., is operating a “speed-sprayer” in his apple orchard. This photo accompanied an article in The Canadian Mennonite from September 1959 about the costs of transporting apples to market. The newspaper commonly covered a wide range of farming issues, both for the many Canadian Mennonites still engaged in farming and the growing number making their lives and careers in the city.
For more historical photos in the Mennonite Archival Image Database, see archives.mhsc.ca.