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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNAVAL EN LA HABANA, 1941

La Dolce Vita: 1938

La Dolce Vita: 1938

September 1938. Racine, West Virginia. "Farmer's son who helps make sorghum molasses from sugarcane." Photo by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 

Sorghum Molasses

Made by pressing the canes of the sorghum plant and then boiling the syrup.

[Below, two more photos by MPW showing the process. - Dave]

So quintessentially American

The affable face, the horse, the hat -- this looks like a 1930s movie still.

Sugarcane

Is the picture caption telling me they used to grow sugarcane in West Virginia? Now that would be a good bit of trivia to know.

[The "sugarcane" would be sorghum. - Dave]

 
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