By Thad Sitton, C. E. Hunt
Residing off the land—hunting, fishing, and farming, besides various really good crafts that supplied barter or money income—was a life-style that endured good into the 20 th century within the substantial Thicket of southeast Texas. prior to this fashion of lifestyles ended with global battle II, expert photographer Larry Jene Fisher spent a decade among the Nineteen Thirties and Forties photographing giant Thicket humans residing and dealing within the previous methods. His images, the one identified assortment in this topic, represent an irreplaceable checklist of lifeways that first took root within the southeastern woodlands of the colonial usa and at last unfold all around the Southern frontier.
Big Thicket humans offers Fisher's pictures in suites that record a large slice of huge Thicket life-people, canine, camps, deer hunts, farming, syrup generators, rooter hogs and inventory elevating, railroad tie making, barrel stave making, chimney development, peckerwood sawmills, logging, turpentining, city existence, church providers and picnics, funerals and golden weddings, and dances and different amusements. Accompanying each one suite of pictures is a cultural essay via Thad Sitton, who additionally introduces the publication with a ancient review of lifestyles within the giant Thicket. C. E. Hunt offers an informative biography of Larry Jene Fisher.
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Sometime during the 1930s, while Fisher still played the organ at the Jefferson Theater and flew back and forth from Dallas to Beaumont, he became passionately interested in the Big Thicket. Nearly half a million acres of wilderness yet remained in those days—hard to see from the highway but readily visible from a light plane flying just above the treetops. Flight after flight, shimmering swamps and giant trees passed beneath Fisher’s wingtips. Reports of wild orchids in the Big Thicket piqued his curiosity as a photographer and were reportedly the clincher for Larry Fisher.
At a time of bad roads and slow transportation, many sportsmen maintained hunting and fishing camps close to the scenes of action in deep woods and on remote streams, and Fisher often visited them there to take photos. In the Thicket, camps like that of the Hooks brothers had a social importance not suggested by their humble appearance; momentous events happened there, giving rise to epic stories. Camps began as minimalist shacks for the most part, especially if only males used them. Wives and children often showed up, though, and over time, camps tended to accumulate screened dining porches, outdoor pit toilets, and other amenities.
Wives and children often showed up, though, and over time, camps tended to accumulate screened dining porches, outdoor pit toilets, and other amenities. Camps on the Neches River, Trinity River, Pine Island Bayou, and Village Creek (as well as other places), needed to be raised on stilts because of frequent floods. Otherwise, you expected to periodically scrape river sediments from the floors with cotton hoes. In free-range times, a man’s camp might be built on his land, or it might not. Camps along the river in particular partook of the freedom of the river commons.