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Tue Aug 27 08:25 PM
by Jan Lewis
I grew up on a tobacco farm and started "handing" leaves when I was 5 years old. Green tobacco was tied, hung on sticks and cured in a barn. Depending on the type of tobacco, it could be air cured, smoke cured or flue/oil (and later, propane) cured. The cured tobacco was then graded before being sold. I guess how many days a week you "pulled" or "put in" tobacco depended on how many acres of tobacco you had, when it ripened, and how many people were working the crop. We usually filled one barn a day for 4-5 days of the week; the bards held between 400 and 500 sticks, as I recall.
Sat Aug 24 09:31 PM
by Debbie Waitley
Tobacco was primed, tied and put in the barn more than one day a week. We did this almost every day during the season.
Thu Nov 5 08:17 PM
by Mike Perry
Here they are NOT sorting tobacco--instead, they are tieing the harvested leaves onto sticks. These sticks of tobacco will then be hung in the barn for a full week of curing by heat. This process was simply called "putting in" tobacco, and all tobacco farmers did this one day a week throughout the summer.
Fri Feb 6 04:51 PM
by Beth Winstead
Tobacco is "graded" and "racked"
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Women and children sorting and hanging tobacco for curing. Dates from negative sleeve.
Daily Reflector (Greenville, N.C.)
June 20 , 1963 - June 21 , 1963
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