[Photo Archive - African-Americana]
Archive of Industrial Photos: Tupelo Honey Beekeepers Tobacco [Florida]
Remarkable archive of fifteen 8x10," black & white photographs depicting Florida at Work in the 1940s. All photos are stamped on versos with descriptive titles. Photographers noted include Charles J. Belden and Monts De Oca (a noted Florida marine photographer).
CHARLES JOSIAH BELDEN (1887-1966) was a noted Wyoming photographer, well known for his images of the Pitchfork Ranch. †He renamed himself "Seahorse Charlie" when he relocated to Florida. Beekeepers, BeeHives
The photographs are a wonderful vernacular view of Florida industries mid-century.†
Among the images:
-Burget Bros. †- Logging Cypress near Lacoochee, FL - Purchased 7/12/51
-Tobacco leaves are strung on these rocks and hung in large warehouses or sheds for curing. Purchased 8/16/46.
-Fort Myers, FL - Acres of gladiolas are grown in Lee County, Florida. These glad are apricot pink, but are cut before opening, and shipped in large -bunches.†
-African American children tending Hung tobacco leaves (Belden 1946)
-GLADIOLA fields IN FT. MYERS
-Suited workers Loading Gladiola stalks onto truck
Workers at Tupleo Honey
-Beekeepers on the Chipola River, noted for Tupleo honey
-Growing shade tobacco near Tallahassee (Belsen 1946).