Today’s installment of DIY Photo Studio at work is a shot of sugar cones. These are the smallest (and most adorable) ones I’ve ever seen. Typically wrapped in blue paper (which was taxed under the Townshend Duties - don’t let anyone tell you the Stamp Act repeal ended all taxes on paper goods) they would arrive from the Caribbean sugar plantations as cones because of the way the sugar was processed. Brown sugar was more common than refined white sugar, and molasses was also big business in New England - we may not have been involved as directly in the slave trade as other areas, but our rum production was highly dependent on slave labor.
PS - For any bakers out there: if your recipe calls for brown sugar and you’re plum out, add some molasses to your refined white sugar, and voila, brown sugar.