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Syruping Off: 1940

Syruping Off: 1940

September 1940. "In the early fall during 'syruping off' time, many of the children stay home from school to eat the freshly boiled-down sorghum cane syrup. The cook usually goes to the various farms in the neighborhood and for his work takes a share of the syrup. On the highway between Jackson and Campton, Kentucky." Photo by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.


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Not as good as it looks

When I was young I was dying to try "old fashioned candy" that was described in literature like "Little House on the Prairie". All of it disappointed. At best it was nondescript ( rock candy ) and at worst downright disgusting (I'm looking at you horehound ). This more than anything else made me understand the deprivations our pioneer ancestors endured: "Even the candy was bad!"

Sock hop

I've noticed that many photos from this era show folks wearing the most adorable socks imaginable, including these young ladies. I've been wearing wacky socks for years, long before GHW Bush started wearing them. Most amusing.

Girl on the right:

"It's wingardium leviosá, not wingardium léviosa."

Meanwhile, in Spring

... we, in Quebec, had (and still have) syruping, in the snow, with boiled down maple syrup. A traditional family ritual.

Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade

Certainly I can't be the only one to find the guy holding the machete to be vaguely menacing.


I saw the title and picture and thought, "That doesn't look like Quebec maple syrup sugaring in March." I didn't know that sorghum was sugared off like this. Neat!

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