This engraving illustrates the fabrication of turpentine as men drain sap from trees into barrels. According to the accompanying text, "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). Frederick Gleason (1817-1896) was a writer and publisher. He co-founded an illustrated periodical called Gleason's Pictorial Drawing-Room Companion in Boston, Massachusetts in 1851. The publication name was changed to Ballou's Pictorial Drawing-Room Companion, after the other co-founder, managing editor, writer and publisher, Maturin Murray Ballou (1820–1895), bought out the interest of Gleason in 1855.
Anonymous, "North Carolina," in Ballou's Pictorial, vol. VIII (May 12, 1855), p. 289.
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North America--North Carolina
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