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[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

Shoes in a Circle

Description: Photograph of a young couple at a Molasses Stir-off in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. Published in National Geographic Magazine. December 1943. Page 766. Captioned: Playing “Shoes in a Circle” by Moonlight is Mirthful Sport After sides are chosen, the competitors take off their shoes and mix them willy-nilly on the ground. A signal starts a wild scramble in which everybody tries to find and put on his own footgear. The team first properly shod wins. Photo by: Joe Clark, HBSS. Clark PhotoFile: 5800
Date: 1943
Creator: Clark, Joe
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Group harvesting sorghum cane]

Description: Photograph of a group of men and women clearing a field of sorghum cane. A man on the left cleans his blade while four girls in the center collect stalks. A boy on the right hands a grip of stalks to another man who is bent over.
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

[Mule Power]

Description: Narrative by Junebug Clark in the summer of 2014: Mules and horses were the common 'power plant' used for turning the mill that the stripped down sorghum stalks were fed. The juice from the stalks were pressed and extracted to later be boiled down into molasses in large metal vats. 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 ...
Date: 194u
Creator: Clark, Joe
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Molasses Making Time]

Description: Narrative by Junebug Clark in the summer of 2014 In the background center, you can see the grinding mill, usually drawn by a horse or a mule. Sorghum cane stalks are fed into this mill and juice from the stalks are pressed out. Those juices, as you can see the steam rising in the foreground, are being boiled down into molasses. Overall Background: These Molasses Making Stir-off photos were shot by Joe Clark HBSS in the early to mid-1940s. Most of them 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 NBC Today Show video taped 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 ...
Date: 194u
Creator: Clark, Joe
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Games at the Stir-off]

Description: Photograph of young people chasing each other at the molasses stir-off. In this image, a car and a few single girls are in the background, watching the others run around. Narrative by Junebug Clark: Additional photos and information can be found in the pdf document "Joe Clark HBSS LIFE Magazine Photos" page 20. Also, November 13, 1950. Life Magazine. Pages 156-160. Stir-off Time in Tennessee. Fun Starts in Hills as Molasses Boils. caption: "CHASE in game starts as boy in circle (left) tries to trip another (foreground) for running after his girl." Photo by: Joe Clark, HBSS.
Date: 194u
Creator: Clark, Joe
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Group arrives at the Molasses stir-off]

Description: Photograph of a large group of friends and neighbors arriving at the molasses stir-off in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. People would come from miles around to participate in the Molasses Making Stir-off every year. The stir-off was held either on the farm of Fred Whitaker about four miles southwest of Cumberland Gap, or on the farm of Baptist preacher the Rev. Hugh Vancel in Cumberland Gap proper. Narrative by Junebug Clark: Additional photos and information can be found in the pdf document "Joe Clark HBSS LIFE Magazine Photos" page 20. Also, November 13, 1950. Life Magazine pages 156-160. Stir-off Time in Tennessee. Fun Starts in Hills as Molasses Boils. People would come from miles around to participate in the Molasses Making Stir-off every year. The stir-off was held either on the farm of Fred Whitaker about four miles southwest of Cumberland Gap, or on the farm of Baptist preacher the Rev. Hugh Vancel in Cumberland Gap proper. Photo by: Joe Clark, HBSS.
Date: 194u
Creator: Clark, Joe
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections