Cedar Key Daily Photo

Relocated to a quirky little island off the west coast of Florida and I'm in my element. Well, I'm a Pisces afterall. Surrounded by water and nature makes each day a gift. Our little town of 900 permanent residents is special, so visit here for photos and I'll share it with you.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Fiber Brushes

The Standard Manufacturing Co. was in operation on the island from 1910 to 1952. There were only three of these fiber factories in the world and all were in Florida. Standard was the largest and the only one to make brushes.
The source of the fiber was the young Sabal Palm (Florida State Tree) which grew and still grows abundantly throughout Florida, especially in the coastal swampy areas. The process of extracting the fiber was complicated and labor intensive, from cutting the trees in the field to the finished product.
These are some of the finished products.

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