The Sisal Hemp and Development Factory was located on the St. James City blocks bounded by Second Avenue, Palm Street, Third Avenue and Coconut Street. The year this picture was taken was around 1912.
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Photographing gentlemen at Saint James City
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The inside of the Sisal Hemp and Development factory that could process 75 tons of hemp per month.
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A picture of the Sisal Hemp factory from a distance. See the hemp plants in the foreground.
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Initially the sisal used for production was imported from Cuba and the Bahamas, and the hemp used was from the Philippines. It would take a couple of years from the planting of seeds on their St. James property for the plants to ready for harvest.
Picture of two workers at the machines of the Sisal Hemp and Development Company, around the turn of the 20th century.
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