Transporting chicle by boat, men with barge-loads of chicle in Belize harbor. 1919 in Belize City
Unloading raw bulk of chicle in Belize City.
The raw chicle was being stored in the Belize Estate warehouse which was in front of the Holy Reedemer Book Store. I use to pass there to go walking to Saint Johns College since I was living on Albert Street and at times I was able to obtain a piece of the raw Chicle. It had an odd taste to it but I still love chewing it.
PERHAPS TOO LATE. - BUT LET OUR PEOPLE KNOW THE TRUTH. When cooking the chicle Resin in those large CAULDRONS, there has to be sufficient WATER while it evaporates and solidify the resin. This yields a clean GUM. But if you do not have sufficient water, your entire resin can burn, ( SO between you, me and the fence post, volunteered URINE had to be used, which did not spoil but save the stock. The little funny taste would be removed at the Wrigley processing plant. (Don't feel disturbed, you did not chew it knowingly. Let gone by be gone.)
I remember seeing stacks of raw gum piled up in front of Holy Redeemer, I guess to be shipped out. Those were beautiful days, as kids we were always on those barges. My dad use to manage the chicle shed for Belize Estate Co. Ltd. We use to go there in front of the cathedral to get bits of gum. It was bitter and hard.
We used to go but the chiclet ahead and get bits of gums and tease "smell shit" Roy in front off Holy Redeemer with the best fudge.we would run across those metal bars.those were the fun day's as I was in Boys Scouts H.R.B.S.
I used to go get broken bits from the chicle blocks. I still have a piece somewhere that I showed to my kids.
My dad used to work at the chicle division in front of the cathedral, he used to test the block the chicleros brought in. Many times the blocks had clay.
I use to go onboard cutting a chunk no taste .big wad in the mouth lol
My dad used to be a chicle contractor who sold to Robert Thurton when George Price worked for Thurton.
My grandfather Clemente Espejo was a chiclero exporter spending most of his time in Belize town the business center, rather strange considering that he lived in Orange Walk.
Photograph courtesy Belize Abroad
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