Description below of cane harvesting pulled from Cultivation of Sugar Cane, in Two Parts by William C. Stubbs, A.M, Ph.D., director of Sugar Experiment Station, Audubon Park, New Orleans, LA. Published 1900.
That last sentence is missing a phrase. It should read: “A good cutter in good cane will average about three ton of cane a day.”
Harvesting sugar cane, Georgia. Date unknown.
South Sea Islander women plant sugar cane in a Queensland field, 1897.
Library of Congress, William Henry Jackson photographer. Women cutting cane in a Baton Rouge, LA field. Btw 1880-1897.
Image from the Maui sugar museum of cane field workers, 1920.
1980s. Cane cutter harvesting from burned fields, Clewiston, FL.
Clewiston, FL bills itself as the “sweetest city in America,” because of its sugar cane fields and because it’s the home of U.S. Sugar Corporation, the WalMart of the sugar industry. This June 2012 story from The Guardian discusses the not-so-sweet side of sugar production and labor in the U.S.
Postcard, circa 1960s, promoting Clewiston, FL “Everglades” sugarcane.
1939, cane field, Clewiston, FL
Library of Congress, circa 1939, Marion Post Walcott. Clewiston, FL sugar cane harvesters for U.S. Sugar.
Library of Congress, circa 1939, commissary and houses for black sugar cane workers of U.S. Sugar, Clewiston, FL. Photographer Marion Post Walcott.
Library of Congress, Sugar cane harvesters, Clewiston, FL, U.S. Sugar. Photographer Marion Post Walcott.
Library of Congress, New Iberia, LA cane harvesting, 1938. Photographer Lee Russell.
Library of Congress, New Iberia, LA. Sugar cane harvester. Photographer Lee Russell.
Library of Congress, New Iberia, LA cane harvester worker having lunch, 1938. Photographer Lee Russell.
Library of Congress, New Iberia, LA. Sugar cane worker, 1938. Photographer Lee Russell.
The Cane Cutters, the story of Queensland sugar can cutters. Made by The National Film Board 1948. Directed by Hugh McInnes.
Cutting and Harvesting sugar cane in Louisiana. At Bridgeman Art Library, private collection.
The following “sugar cane” mural by George Beattie, was one of four designed for and displayed in the GA Department of Agriculture building from 1956 until 2011 when they were ordered removed by incoming Agriculture Commissioner because of their “controversial” nature. From Aug. 2012 to Jan. 2013 they have been the centerpiece of a GA Museum of Art exhibit, “George Beattie’s Murals” where their aesthetics and politics have been the subject of public discussion.
Group in field of cotton and sugar cane. Photo by Robert E. Williams (1888 until around 1908).
Sugar cane consumption/production miscellany
Library of Congress. Photographer William Henry Jackson. Louisiana cane field, 1880-1897.
Photo from Maui sugar museum. Train hauling cane, 1920.
Diego Rivera’s 1931 mural, “Sugar Cane.”
Diego Rivera’s 1931 panel “Slavery in the Sugar Plantation.”