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early sponge packing house

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Title

early sponge packing house

Subject

Tarpon Springs, Greek community, sponge industry, sponge packing house

Description

This early image of a sponge packing house is associated with the name Trefon Constantinou. Sponge merchants are central to domestic and international distribution. Many belong to families that have worked in every aspect of the business for generations. In their warehouses, sponges are processed or cut according to order specifications. Some are sold in their natural state, and others are bleached in successive chemical baths until they attain a yellow color. They are trimmed to a size appropriate to their intended function, compacted into bales by a sponge press, sold, and shipped.

Source

Hampton Dunn Collection of Florida Postcards

Publisher

Special Collections Department, Tampa Library, University of South Florida

Date

c. early 20th century

Format

jpeg

Language

English

Type

photo

Files

1546128[1].jpg

Citation

“early sponge packing house,” USF Library Special & Digital Collections Exhibits, accessed July 22, 2019, http://exhibits.lib.usf.edu/items/show/2978.