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[Sorghum Cane]

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 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 ...
Date: 194u
Creator: Clark, Joe
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

Stan Kenton and Al Jarvis

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.
Date: 194u
Creator: Howard, Gene
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: UNT Music Library

Hat

Description: Bandeau style hat of black fox fur with black velvet ribbon ties and velvet lining. Retailer's label: "Saks - Fifth Avenue / Custom Made"
Date: 1944
Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design

[Mountain Funeral: Group of Men]

Description: Photography of a group of men and two boys posing together. In the image, eight men and two young pose pose sitting on a fallen down tree for the camera; The men are dress well, for a funeral.
Date: 194u
Creator: Clark, Joe
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

Rain Boots

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"
Date: 194u
Creator: Glove Originals
Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design

Shoes

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.
Date: 194u
Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design

[Gooseberries]

Description: Photograph of a close-up shot of gooseberries.
Date: 194u
Creator: Clark, Joe
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Harve and two Bernices]

Description: Narrative by Junebug Clark: This photo was made in the early 1940s at the home of Harve and Bernice Smith somewhere in Canada. In this photo, Harve is placing a call by talking to the operator on an old phone. With Harve is my mother, Bernice, and Harve's wife Bernice. Harve 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.
Date: 194u
Creator: Clark, Joe, HBSS
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Harve Smith washing up in the morning]

Description: Narrative by Junebug Clark: This photo was made in the early 1940s at the home of Harve and Bernice Smith somewhere in Canada. In this photo, Harve is in his pajamas waking up and washing up before starting his day. Harve 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.
Date: 194u
Creator: Clark, Joe, HBSS
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Harve Smith winds up his clock]

Description: Narrative by Junebug Clark: This photo was made in the early 1940s at the home of Harve and Bernice Smith somewhere in Canada. In this photo, Harve is winding up a clock in their living room. Harve 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.
Date: 194u
Creator: Clark, Joe, HBSS
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Stealing watermelons]

Description: Photograph of Douglas Clark, center, and friends gorging themselves on fresh watermelon straight from a farmer's field in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee.
Date: 194u
Creator: Clark, Joe
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Unidentified man in moonshine hollow]

Description: Photograph of an unidentified man in a moonshine hollow surrounded by moonshine stills. The man has his back to the camera as he tends to the stills.
Date: 194u
Creator: Clark, Joe
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Plowing the Hillside]

Description: Narrative by Junebug Clark: Photograph of a young boy plowing a sloped hillside using a bull tongue plow pulled by a mule. The Joe Clark poem "A Letter from Home is attached to the mount. Photo by: Joe Clark, HBSS. Signed by: Joe Clark, HBSS Clark PhotoFile: 0016-11
Date: 194u
Creator: Clark, Joe
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Plowing the Hillside]

Description: Photograph of a farmer plowing a hillside with his mule and bull tongue plow. Photo by: Joe Clark, HBSS. Signed by: Joe Clark, HBSS Clark PhotoFile: 0035-37
Date: 194u
Creator: Clark, Joe
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Silhouetted Horses at Sunset]

Description: Photograph of Silhouetted Horses at Sunset on a mountain ridge in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. Photo by: Joe Clark, HBSS.
Date: 194u
Creator: Clark, Joe
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Aunt China and Uncle Harv (2)]

Description: Photograph of Aunt China and Uncle Harv Sparks in their home living room. Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. Narrative by Junebug Clark. China and Harv spent their lives together in this two room log cabin. No electricity. No Central Heat. No indoor plumbing, but all together they had a lot. Joe Clark’s wife, Bernice, would often tell the story of her first trip outside of Michigan, her honeymoon with Joe, and the day and night they spent with Aunt China and Uncle Harv. “It was getting late and Joe and I retired to the spare room,” Bernice would start. “Aunt Chinahanded me a coal oil lantern and a feather down quilt. As I started to close the door to their spare room, Aunt China, sensing that I fet a long way from home, bent toward me and whispered, “Now Bernice, if there is anything you need while you are here, do not hesitate to ask. Because Harv and I can show you how to get along without it.” Jb. Photo by: Joe Clark, HBSS. Signed by: Joe Clark, HBSS Clark PhotoFile: 7305-11p Photo by: Joe Clark, HBSS.
Date: 1941
Creator: Clark, Joe
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Aunt Nora Treece]

Description: Narrative by Junebug Clark: Photograph of Aunt Nora Treece. There is a lot to be learned about Aunt Nora and the strength it took for her o run a household in the December 1943 issue of National Geographic. Ask for it in the Clark Family Collection or in the Joe Clark, HBSS Scrapbook. Photo by: Joe Clark, HBSS. Signed by: Joe Clark, HBSS
Date: 194u
Creator: Clark, Joe
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Aunt Tilda]

Description: Photograph of Aunt Tilda. Aunt Tilda was not a relative related by blood, but earned by age and respect. Photo by: Joe Clark, HBSS. Signed by: Joe Clark, HBSS Clark PhotoFile: 0001-62
Date: 194u
Creator: Clark, Joe
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Erma Welch on her Porch(6)]

Description: Portrait of Erma Welch on her porch in Cumberland Gap Tennessee. The pictured woman is named as Buela Welch on the sleeve containing the negative while also being named Erma Welch in Joe Clark's photography books. This image is used in Joe Clark's book "Back Home" accompanied by a poem titled, " In Lonesome Tennessee." Down yonder in the valley In lonesome Tennessee Sits my little Sally A waitin’ there for me. Photo by: Joe Clark, HBSS. Clark PhotoFile: 0001-51
Date: 194u
Creator: Clark, Joe
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Feeding Time]

Description: Narrative by Junebug Clark: Photograph of a young baby girl being fed milk by an elderly lady as three older children watch. The "young baby girl" is also pictured in the Clark Collection in the photo "Stripping Cane" many years later. Look it up. The poem "Kids" is also attached to the mount. Photo by: Joe Clark, HBSS. Signed by: Joe Clark, HBSS
Date: 194u
Creator: Clark, Joe
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections