Turpentine Making, North Carolina, 1855

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Ballou's Pictorial (May 12, 1855), p. 289

"The yeoman with the axe has been engaged in tapping [one of] these pines to obtain the crude turpentine . . . . The Negro hands are busy in directing its flow into the bung-holes of the barrels rolled against the trees for this purpose. A Negro in the middle distance is making an incision in the bole of a pine tree with an axe . . . . the turpentine in the form of tar and pitch is exported in great quantities" (p. 289).