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Guanica: 1942

Guanica: 1942

January 1942. "Guanica, Puerto Rico (vicinity). Burning a sugar cane field. This is a process that destroys the leaves and makes the sugar cane easier to harvest." Acetate negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

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Ain't no more cane on the Brazos. It's all been ground down to molasses.

Love at First Visit

Jack Delano, who was born in Ukraine and grew up in NYC, fell in love with Puerto Rico on this visit. After serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps he returned there in 1946. He was active in many things but mainly composing classical music based on Puerto Rican folk tunes. He also started the island's first dducational TV station. He died in 1997 aged 83.

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