Turpentine worker tapping trees, 1937
Old Turpentine Stills
of Louisiana & Mississippi
Horses and wagon, hauling turpentine out of the woods, 1938
Turpentine still, 1938, near Covington, Louisiana
Above and below, resin being processed into distilled turpentine, 1938, near Covington, LA.
Moving day for a turpentine worker and his family, 1936
Left, close-up of a "hack" that was used in chipping for turpentine; right, trees being tapped, 1940.
Gathering the crude turpentine resin, 1903
Distilling turpentine from crude resin, 1903
A cooperage set up in turpentine orchard to make barrels
Abandoned still in depleted turpentine orchard, 1941
Above & below, abandoned cabins in turpentine workers camp, 1941, Mississippi
There was a time when lumber was booming and turpentine was flowing in the great pine forests of the
southern states, and both were big business, a substantial part of the local economy.  Turpentine stills
(and one-room houses for workers' families) were constructed and the trees in the turpentine orchard
were tapped and drained until the forest was all but depleted.  Then, the sites would be abandoned
and managers, workers and families would move to the next forest and begin again.  In areas where
waterways were available, floating stills were often used.  Above & below, two floating turpentine stills,
about 1920; top, in southeast Louisiana, near Lacombe; below, in southwest Mississippi.
Tapping the trees, 1934, Mississippi
Turpentine still, Pearl River County, MS