1890's Black Americana - rare stereo view of African American sharecroppers grinding sugar cane stalks on a farm in rural Jim Crowe Georgia, using a mule-driven rolling mill to produce a coarse brown muscovado sugar. Horse-powered sugar mills had long been outdated by the 1890's - having been replaced by 1860 with costly steam-powered sugar mills owned by Southern slave owners - that produced a higher quality molasses in greater quantity for a commercial market.
The English caption "Grinding Sugar Cane" is repeated on the reverse side in German script "Das Zuckerrohr-Mahlen, Georgia".
Curve-mounted real photo images by M. H. Zahner, Publisher of Niagara Falls New York and sold by Griffith & Griffith stereoview publishers of Philadelphia; Chicago; London, Hamburg Germany; AND Saint Petersburg Russia!
George W. Griffith was a major stereo view publisher who began as a canvasser for Underwood & Underwood, but then left to form his own company. He published & distributed views by H. L. Roberts (Roberts and Fellows), William H. Rau, and M. H. Zahner (Niagara Falls), eventually accumulating more than 10,000 titles - mostly with United States subjects, Japan, Palestine, Puerto Rico, and the Spanish-American War. Griffith also produced thousands of lithos which are more common that his real photo views.
3-D EFFECT: The 3-D stereoscopic effect is exceptional in this extraordinary view, and especially pronounced in the foreground.
PHOTO NOTE: These very old photo images are in fine condition - very crisp, sharp & clean - with only very slight surface scratches. The actual images are actually MUCH sharper through a stereo viewer than they appear in the scanned images.
CARD CONDITION: IN exceptional condition for its age. The corners are slightly rumpled in spots from repeated used in the viewer. These flaws are greatly exaggerated by the scanning process.
Item ID: 27-0437E
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