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[Walking His Girl Home at Midnight]

Description: Narrative by Junebug Clark: Photograph of a young man walking his girl home at midnight. This photo is part of the Molasses Stiroff picture story appearing in the November 13, 1950 issue of Life magazine. This photo does not appear in that Life story but some timely information does. Photo by: Joe Clark, HBSS. Clark PhotoFile: 0001-89
Date: 194u
Creator: Clark, Joe
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Couples Dancing at the Molasses Stir-off]

Description: Photograph of numerous couples dancing at the molasses stir-off, with people watching from the background and a couple kissing in the foreground. This image is mounted to the left of a poem by Joe Clark, titled "Youth." Narrative by Junebug Clark: Additional photos and information can be found in the pdf document "Joe Clark HBSS LIFE Magazine Photos" page 20 and in the November 13, 1950. Life Magazine pages 156-160. Stir-off Time in Tennessee. Fun Starts in Hills as Molasses Boils. Photo by: Joe Clark, HBSS.
Date: 194u
Creator: Clark, Joe
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Kissing Couple]

Description: Photograph of Romana Weaver kissing an unidentified boy after the molasses stir-off. In this image, the two are standing on a rocky path in the forest, and the boy is holding a lantern.
Date: 194u
Creator: Clark, Joe
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Couple embraces]

Description: Photograph of a couple standing closely as they speak. The young man has his arm around the young woman. The envelope containing the negative is annotated "stir-off".
Date: 194u
Creator: Clark, Joe
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Girls seated]

Description: Photograph of two young women seated on the rails of a wagon. The girls are part of a larger group visible in the background of the photograph. The envelope containing the negative is annotated "stir-off".
Date: 194u
Creator: Clark, Joe
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Away from the Crowd]

Description: Narrative by Junebug Clark in the summer of 2014: "Away from the Crowd" and prying eyes, in the cover of darkness, couples take the opportunity to catch up on time spent away from each other. Kissing games at Stir-off gatherings are a favorite pastime. Looks like a few girls in the background are jealous and looking for a beau. The kissing game usually started with single boys and girls forming a circle. A girl would run around the circle and tag a boy and he would then chase her around the circle. The idea being that if she beat him back to the spot he vacated - she was safe. If he caught her - a kiss was the prize. It's been said it was amazing how many girls got their feet tangled running around that circle. People watching the molasses syrup as it boils down use short pieces of sorghum cane stalk to make “sop sticks” used to dip into the molasses syrup for a taste. This was the height of the fall social season. Harvesting the sorghum, extracting the juice, boiling it down into molasses could take days and weeks going round the clock to finish. 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 ...
Date: 194u
Creator: Clark, Joe
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Country Funeral up on the Hill]

Description: Photograph of neighbors gathering at a Country Funeral on the Hills of Tennessee. Joe Clark, HBSS, wanted to capture his memories of living in the Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. One of the memories were of his time in Tennessee are these funerals that everyone attended and to support the family. The word "Cemetary" [sic] is written on the envelope containing the negative.
Date: 194u
Creator: Clark, Joe
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Gilbert Dove shaves for his wedding(2)]

Description: Photograph of Gilbert Dove shaving in front of a mirror before his wedding to Hazel Petrey. Printed on the matte is text that reads, "Gilbert shaves before the wedding". This mounted print is from a book entitled, "Country Wedding". Narrative by Junebug Clark: More images and information can be found in the July 28, 1941 issue of Life Magazine, pages 82-85 in the story “Life Magazine Goes to a Kentucky Wedding.” Also in the Joe Clark, HSSS book “Country Wedding" published in 1974. Additionally a 1982 photo of Hazel and Gilbert can be found in Joe’s Tennessee Scrapbook. All are in this Clark Family Collection. Photo by: Joe Clark, HBSS. Signed by: Joe Clark, HBSS Clark PhotoFile: 5950
Date: June 15, 1941
Creator: Clark, Joe
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Hazel Petrey sweeps the altar(1)]

Description: Photograph of Hazel Petrey sweeping the Sunny View Methodist Church after decorating for her wedding. The caption for the photo reads, "With the decorations done, Hazel sweeps up." This mounted print is from a book entitled, "Country Wedding." Narrative by Junebug Clark: More images and information can be found in the July 28, 1941 issue of Life Magazine, pages 82-85 in the story “Life Magazine Goes to a Kentucky Wedding.” Also in the Joe Clark, HSSS book “ Country Wedding published in 1974. Additionally a 1982 photo of Hazel and Gilbert can be found in Joe’s Tennessee Scrapbook. All are in this Clark Family Collection. Photo by: Joe Clark, HBSS. Signed by: Joe Clark, HBSS Clark PhotoFile: 5441
Date: 1941
Creator: Clark, Joe
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Grinding Sorghum Cane]

Description: Narrative by Junebug Clark in the summer of 2014: Sorghum cane is fed into a mule powered press where the juice is extracted and collected latter to be boiled down in large vats to turn it 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 some of the same people in the early 1980s. Let me briefly set the scene of the time and era that these photos were made. World War II was raging. Television did not exist. Radio reception sporadic in this mountain country. School was held only three months a year mostly during the winter months. Most news of the changes in the outside world was learned, they say, “By looking at pictures in the Sears catalogs.” They farmed steep and rolling hillsides of very poor land. In most of America, to help in the war effort, the rationing of food and other essentials was prevalent. ...
Date: 194u
Creator: Clark, Joe
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Man speaking into microphone at Christmas Kwanzaa soiree]

Description: Photograph of an unidentified man speaking into a microphone, taken at the Christmas and Kwanzaa: Black Tie Volunteer Soiree. TBAAL shows appreciation to its volunteers, members and sponsors with an evening of friendship and entertainment in the spirit of Christmas and Kwanzaa. This event was held at The Black Academy of Arts and Letters located at 650 S. Griffin St. Dallas, Texas.
Date: December 10, 2005
Creator: Smith, David L., III
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