Tobacco sorting


Title
Tobacco sorting
Description
African-American person sorting through leaves of tobacco. Dates from negative sleeve.
Date
1950-1959
Original Format
negatives
Extent
12cm x 10cm
Local Identifier
0741-b20-fb-v20.b.9
Contributor(s)
Subject(s)
Spatial
Location of Original
East Carolina Manuscript Collection
Rights
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Comments

Sarah Bailey Smith Jan 31 2010

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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