Great Photo of Oyster Cannery in 1890 January 27, 2014 Share Facebook Twitter Pinterest Man with a derby hat stands atop a mound of oyster shells outside the C. H. Pearson & Company oyster cannery, Baltimore. Workers bring wheel-barrows of shells from the factory to the heap. ca. 1890. Source: U.S. National Archives This is a great old photo that we found on the National Archives’ site. It shows the old C.H. Pearson & Company cannery around 1890.