Bathing the baby, 15 August 1944.
© NMeM / Daily Herald Archive / Science & Society Picture Library
A photograph of a woman bathing her baby girl outdoors in a tin bath, taken by Nixon for the Daily Herald newspaper. The woman is a hop picker who travelled from London to Kent to work on the annual harvest. Although the hops would not be ready for picking for another three weeks, she and her family arrived early to escape German flying bomb raids on London. Each year, thousands of men, women and children migrated from London to Kent to help with the hop harvest. Hop picking lasted for about four weeks from the end of August. By the 1960s, machines removed the necesity for hand-picking hops. This photograph has been selected from the Daily Herald Archive, a collection of over three million photographs. The archive holds work of international, national and local importance by both staff and agency photographers.