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[Photograph of an anniversary cake]

Description: Photograph of a decorated cake on a table. The cake is iced and decorated with flowers and a curly ribbon. "5th Anniversary Greetings" is piped onto the cake. It sits on a lacy doily on a small, square table covered in a table cloth. A stack of saucers, metal cream and sugar containers, and a stack of napkins sit behind the cake. A serving knife rests to the left of the cake, while forks are arranged in front of it.
Date: [1940..1960]
Creator: Williams, Byrd M. (Byrd Moore), III
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Photograph of a couple with a cake]

Description: Photograph of a woman and a man posing in front of a cake. The woman stands on the left with her arms crossed in front of her and looks off to the right, away from the camera. She wears a white, satiny top tucked into dark pants. Her dark hair is loosely curled and she wears a watch on one wrist. A man stands next to her, holding her waist. He wears a dress shirt tucked into pleated slacks and smiles at the camera. A decorated cake sits on a doily on a small covered table in front of them. Some utensils, small plates, and tea cups on saucers are arranged around the cake.
Date: [1940..1960]
Creator: Williams, Byrd M. (Byrd Moore), III
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Angus the dog in a living room]

Description: Photograph of a dog named Angus sitting on the living room floor. The room contains a sofa chair, end table, piano, lamp, and a television. The television is on and displaying a show on the screen.
Date: 1967
Creator: Williams, Byrd Moore, IV
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Photograph of a group of individuals lined up in front of a house]

Description: Photograph of a group of individuals lined up in front of a house. They wear formal clothing and stand on the stone walkway that leads to the home's small front porch. A metal table and chair set sit on the lawn in front of them. The house has wood shingle siding with a brick facade wrapping the bottom portion of the exterior. Decorative wrought-iron posts support the small shingle roof covering the entryway. Large, leafless trees grow in the background.
Date: [1940..1960]
Creator: Williams, Byrd M. (Byrd Moore), III
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Photograph of a family in a kitchen]

Description: Photograph of a family in a kitchen. A man stands by the kitchen counter on the left, holding a toddler in his arms. He wears a button-down shirt and slacks. A woman stands near a stove on the right, wearing a long, dark dress with an apron tied around her waist. A toddler-aged girl stands in front of her, reaching her arms up. A third child, wearing a bib, sits at a small table in the foreground and looks up at the camera. The kitchen's cabinet doors are open and many pans sit on the stovetop. A teacup rests on a saucer on the counter.
Date: 195X
Creator: Williams, Byrd M. (Byrd Moore), III
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Tasting the molasses]

Description: Photograph of a large group of young men and women gathered around a large metal vat as sweet sorghum juice is boiled down to make sorghum molasses. Two older women use homemade ladles to stir and strain out imperfections. Many of the youths use small, whittled, pieces of sorghum cane as sop sticks to dip and taste the molasses.
Date: 194X
Creator: Clark, Joe
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Straining out impurities into a pale]

Description: Photograph of two men twisting a piece of fabric used to strain out impurities from the freshly made sorghum molasses. The men are in the process of transferring the molasses from a large metal vat into a five gallon lard bucket for storage. A woman is kneeling on the ground next to the men with a small sauce pan used as a ladle in her hand.
Date: 194X
Creator: Clark, Joe
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Women embracing]

Description: Photograph of two women hugging each other and smiling at the camera. The blonde woman (left) is wearing a sleek black dress while the brunette (right) wears a dress shirt.
Date: 1990/1999
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

Festival ensemble

Description: Miao People, Thailand/Laos, Festival Outfit A) Jacket. Jacket of black cotton, waist length, with standing collar. Front opening with no closure, worn with sides overlapping and forming "V" neckline. Standing collar faced with machine-embroidered ribbon of black ground with purple-ish flower blossoms with yellow centers, blue vines, and green leaves. This band continues along edge of opening to about 9 1/4" above hem. From that point to hem on each side of opening a different band is used, of purple and green foliate forms on black, with outer border of diagonal blue stripes and silver ovals on black ground with silver edges. A second machine-woven band of ribbon is applied as an outer border along the collar/upper opening band, with green, pink, and white stripes and bands of green and white trees(?) and a band of alternating green/yellow/white butterflies and same color flowers(?), all on a reddish ground. Long black sleeves have central wide band of orange satin with machine-embroidered multicolored sea dragons. Black fabric added after panels to form lower sections of sleeves. Garment is lined in black fabric, the collar and front opening backed with pink/purple fabric. Garment has a size tag sewn inside at back collar: "XXL". Not an American size. B) Skirt. Wrap style skirt with tiny pleats. Skirt formed of horizontal bands of fabrics sewn together, some embellished. From top: Plain black cotton(?) waistband ca. 3 1/4" wide with long black ties; White cotton(?) band ca. 1 1/2" wide, which begins pleating that continues down length of skirt; Pale blue/gray section ca. 14" long which has printed bands of dark blue linear designs: zig-zags, scrolls, lines, etc., the lines having had thin strips of fabric appliqued over them, in green, orange, and purple over the bulk of the skirt; Red cotton(?) band 1 1/2" wide …
Date: 1970/2000
Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design

[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: 194X
Creator: Clark, Joe
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
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