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Turpentine Industry in Statesboro, 1941

Tapping the furnace of hot rosin.

The naval stores industry was the only real industry in Georgia during the Great Depression.  When Jack Delano made these photographs in Statesboro in April 1941, turpentining was at its zenith, with orders pouring in to feed the war effort. By the 1950s, the industry was near its end, confined to a few scattered operations around the Coastal Plain.


Filtering hot rosin through sieves.


Filling paper sacks with hot rosin.


Laying out bags of hot rosin to harden.

All images: Jack Delano/Library of Congress. (April 1941)


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