National Geographic : 1940 Feb
RUBBER: FROM TREES TO TIRES AND TOYS 1 National Geographic Society Kodachrome by J. Baylor Roberts RUllBBER MURALS ADORN THE STATION OF SINGAPORE, CITY OF TIRES AND TIN Every time you open a tin can or blow out a tire, you help business in this tropical Liverpool of the East. Ribbed smoked sheet prices here regulate the world rubber market. Less than half a century ago the site of this British port and stronghold was a jungle island. Now it is rubber capital of a plan tation empire which represents one of history's mightiest crop migrations-from far up the broad Amazon to the pendulous Malay Peninsula and the teeming Indies. More rubber trees grow in the Middle East belt than you could plant on all the dry land of Massachusetts and Connecticut combined.