Courtesy of the State Historical Society of Iowa, "Barrel Makers in Union, Iowa," Date Unknown
Barrel making or being a cooper is a skilled trade. Everything was stored in these wooden containers; flour, grains, salted meats and fish, water, nails, beer, spirits, whale oil and many more.
- Look closely at the photo and describe what you see.
- What are the barrels used for?
- When you think about all the uses of the barrels, why do you think being a cooper craftsman would be a good job?