[Sorghum Cane]

[Sorghum Cane]

Date: 194u
Creator: Clark, Joe
Description: Narrative by Junebug Clark in the summer of 2014: Sorghum cane stalks being brought to a mule drawn press where the stalks are ground, then the juice from the cane extracted and later poured into vats to be boiled down into molasses. Overall Background: These Molasses Making Stir-off photos were shot by Joe Clark HBSS in the early to mid-1940s. Either on the farm of Fred Whitaker about four miles southwest of Cumberland Gap, or in Cumberland Gap on the farm of Baptist preacher the Rev. Hugh Vancel. More information about these images can be found in scrapbooks in the Clark Family Collection at the University of North Texas Special Collections Library. Specifically in a Detroit news pictorial article published December 13, 1942 titles "stir-off party" where mountaineers make molasses and merriment. Also in life magazine published November 13, 1950 [page 156] titled “Stir-off Time in Tennessee, Fun Starts in Hills as Molasses Boils.’ Also in the library is the NBC Today Show story on Joe Clark HBSS by Bob Dotson. It features Joe Clark returning to Cumberland Gap Tennessee to photograph a molasses stir off taking place in the same location as some of these photographs and attended by ...
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Hat

Hat

Date: 1944
Creator: unknown
Description: Bandeau style hat of black fox fur with black velvet ribbon ties and velvet lining. Retailer's label: "Saks - Fifth Avenue / Custom Made"
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Stan Kenton and Al Jarvis

Stan Kenton and Al Jarvis

Date: 194u
Creator: Howard, Gene
Description: Photograph of two men in suits (identified as Stan Kenton and Al Jarvis) sitting together in a booth behind a table. There are dishes on the table and the man on the left (Jarvis) is pouring something into a cup. Information on the back of the photograph identifies Al Jarvis as a disc jockey and states that the photograph was taken in the late 1940's.
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[Weeding the Corn Crop]

[Weeding the Corn Crop]

Date: 194u
Creator: Clark, Joe
Description: Weeding the corn field in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. There was no machinery for this job in the 1940s.
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Rain Boots

Rain Boots

Date: 194u
Creator: Glove Originals
Description: Pair of rain boots of brown suede and fur. Designed with rounded toes, the shoes extend above ankle and zip up from vamp to upper edge. End of zipper is concealed behind edging of brown beaver(?) fur which secures with a snap at outside edge. High arch, low heel. Designed to fit over shoes with medium height Cuban-style heels. Stamped on sole: "Glove / Originals" and "5"
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Shoes

Shoes

Date: 194u
Creator: unknown
Description: Pair of navy blue leather shoes. Somewhat pointed, with decorative stitching on outsides of upper radiating from vamp. Across instep is applied oval leather plaque with parallel textured ridges, giving the illusion of a buckle. Modified Louis heel. Stamped inside is partly illegible mark within a diamond-shaped border.
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[Harv and two Bernices]

[Harv and two Bernices]

Date: 194u
Creator: Clark, Joe, HBSS
Description: Narrative by Junebug Clark: This photo was made in the early 1940s at the home of Harv and Bernice Smith somewhere in Canada. In this photo, Harv is placing a call by talking to the operator on an old phone. With Harv is my mother, Bernice, and Harv's wife Bernice. Harv and Bernice were friends of my parents before I was born and I remember meeting them, but it was probably before I was age of five. I remember that my parents took some pictures during a trip there of some piglets and one very big hog that my mother was particularly proud of. Those photos are in the collection somewhere.
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[Harv Smith Washing up in the Morning]

[Harv Smith Washing up in the Morning]

Date: 194u
Creator: Clark, Joe, HBSS
Description: Narrative by Junebug Clark: This photo was made in the early 1940s at the home of Harv and Bernice Smith somewhere in Canada. In this photo, Harv is in his pajamas waking up and washing up before starting his day. Harv and Bernice were friends of my parents before I was born and I remember meeting them but it was probably before I was age of five. I remember that my parents took some pictures during a trip there of some piglets and one very big hog that my mother was particularly proud of. Those photos are in the collection somewhere.
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[Harv Smith Winds Up his Clock]

[Harv Smith Winds Up his Clock]

Date: 194u
Creator: Clark, Joe, HBSS
Description: Narrative by Junebug Clark: This photo was made in the early 1940s at the home of Harv and Bernice Smith somewhere in Canada. In this photo, Harv is winding up a clock in their living room. Harv and Bernice were friends of my parents before I was born and I remember meeting them, but it was probably before I was age of five. I remember that my parents took some pictures during a trip there of some piglets and one very big hog that my mother was particularly proud of. Those photos are in the collection somewhere.
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[Sipping Water from a Stream]

[Sipping Water from a Stream]

Date: 194u
Creator: Clark, Joe
Description: Young Boy Sipping water from a stream in Cumberland Gap Tennessee.
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