Long Island in the 1950s

A truck offloads potatoes onto a conveyor belt

A truck offloads potatoes onto a conveyor belt and into a storage space at Philbrick Starch Co. on Raynor Avenue in Riverhead in this March 3, 1959 photo. A year earlier, Philbrick Starch, based in Maine, opened the $200,000 plant, which played a part in a federal subsidization of low-grade potatoes for about 430 Suffolk County farmers. Potatoes were washed and ground, and starch and protein water were then separated from the pulp, which was dehydrated for cattle feed. The plant was New York State's first starch factory, but was shut by the county health department when waste materials threatened to contaminate the water system. (Credit: Newsday / Cliff De Bear)

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A look back at the Island in the 1950s.

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