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The cured tobacco was divided into different piles on the "grading bench" based on the color of the cured leaves. There was a section for the pretty or "bright" leaves, the trashy or "brown" leaves and the green leaves that had not cured quite enough. Of course, the bright leaves brought the most money for the farmer when the tobacco was sold. The different stacks were tied into round "bundles" and placed on a grading stick in the packhouse before it was removed from the grading stick and packed into round piles and taken to market.
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