National Geographic : 1952 Sep
© National Geographic Society 300 Kodachromes by George W. Long, National Geographic Stalt Natural Rubber for the World's Wheels Rolls Out of Indochina Despite Red Terror Solid jungle a generation ago, the Quan Loi plantation north of Saigon today has some million and a half rubber trees. Quan Loi's old trees (20 years) are replaced with seedlings, which become producers after six years. Communist terrorists still try to drive away the workers, but they have stopped damaging- the trees, which they consider national property. Every rubber grove in Indochina, as in Malaya, has to be a self-sufficient, armed camp. Gates are locked at night; jeep patrols keep constant vigil. Here a girl in the Quan Loi factory inspects sheets of rubber against a light table. She snips out imperfections with scissors. - A tree tapper scores a fresh spiral incision as a groove to channel the milky latex into the cup. Bark is bled twice a week for 11 months; the other month it rests.