Tobacco Harvest4 August 2006
Source: Daily Reflector Negative Collection, East Carolina Manuscript Collection #741
Staff Person: Coleen Allen
The images below are of tobacco being harvested in the 1950s. The inscription shown on these photos is August 20, 1954. These pictures are after tobacco has been pulled from the stalks (primed) in the fields. From the tobacco trucks brought from fields, laborers hand tobacco to be tied (looped) onto sticks. As pictured, these filled sticks are then hung in a barn especially for curing the tobacco. It might be of interest to compare this with the current day method of harvesting the crop using bulk barns. Should you have an interest in seeing these actual photos, ask to see THE DAILY REFLECTOR NEGATIVE COLLECTION, Collection 741, Photos #36 and 37 (found in Folder A of the Proof Sheet Box). The finding aid is available at Manuscript Collection 741. We encourage you to use the vast holdings available in Special Collections.