Monday, September 27, 2010

Historical Image of the Day

Certificate from the Corn Products Refining Company, circa 1910. This company was a conglomeration of the major corn refiners in the country. They later expanded around the world. I'm not sure if they exist under that name today, but no doubt they played a big role in the expansion of high fructose corn syrup later in the 20th century.

This week's images are inspired by corn. We'll see how long I can produce corn-related images.  The book that inspired this was James McCann's Maize and Grace: Africa's Encounter with a New World Crop, 1500-2000. I read this as part of keeping up with the historiography of environmental history. It's an award winner. It is however an old school environmental history book, meaning that there's lots about the botany of corn and very little about actual people.