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A Spoonful of Sugar: 1938

A Spoonful of Sugar: 1938

October 1938. "Ladling cane syrup from boiling vat to concentration vat at a sugar mill near New Iberia, Louisiana." Medium format acetate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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Sugar syrup

During high school, worked in a bottling plant (Eclipse Syrup) that used a LOT of sugar syrup. It was in the air, on the floor, in your hair, on your skin. And it wasn't even hot the way the stuff in the picture is. After a few weeks, my workboots had, no lie, a hard candy shell, and bees would swarm around my feet as I walked home. Bet this guy would know that feeling.

Unsafe Space

Obviously, safety was not paramount back then. Boiling sugar? Ouch!

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