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Men at Work

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Silent | 1950s

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  •  Boggy Slough, the setting for the Texas Lumber Manufacturers Association’s quarterly meeting at the Southern Pine Lumber Company 
  •  Secretary Al. Cudlipp dictates the bulletin to “efficient” bookkeeper and “Girl Friday,” Winnie Berry 
  •  Novella Jarvis and her many duties 
  •  “Efficient” Ben Anthony cooks for the club 
  •  Club President Jim Ben Edens 
  •  The association’s new public relations program, outlined by Steve Booke 
  •  Final words to describe the Texas Lumber Manufacturers Association 
 
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This silent industrial film documents a “typical” quarterly membership meeting of the Texas Lumber Manufacturers Association near Lufkin in the 1950s. The film includes title cards, which describe who is involved and what is being discussed. It also reflects the discriminatory racial and gender hierarchy of club activities at the time, with nonwhite men confined to kitchen service roles and women employed only as secretaries. The Texas Archive of the Moving Image does not condone racism or sexism, but presents this film as it was originally created, because to do otherwise would be the same as to claim these prejudices never existed.
Established as a result of the organization of the Texas Forest Association in 1914 and the forestry law passed by the Texas legislature in 1915 the Texas Forest Service is directed by a state forester appointed by the board of directors of Texas A&M College. When it was founded, the objectives of the Texas Forest Service were to persuade and aid private owners of forest land in practicing forestry and converting submarginal agricultural lands to productive forests; to protect private forest lands against forest wildfires, insects, and disease; to inform the public of the contribution that forests, a renewable natural resource, make to the economy of the state; to educate Texans in uses and abuses of forest products; and to assist forest products industries in developing new products and improving production techniques. Currently, the Texas Forest Service's mission focuses on providing statewide leadership to assure the state's trees, forests and related natural resources are protected and sustained for the benefit of all.