Man in tobacco barn

Man in tobacco barn
A man standing in a tobacco barn, reaching up to touch tobacco leaves hanging from the rafters. Date from negative sleeve.
July 03, 1954
Original Format
9cm x 11cm
Local Identifier
Location of Original
East Carolina Manuscript Collection
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Mary Hall Dec 27 2011

I smoke kools

Jan Lewis Nov 30 2011

As a tobacco farmer's daughter, I suggest changing "ceiling" to "rafters"

Danny C. Bunn Jan 20 2011

Having been raised on a tobacco farm in late 1940s and early 1950s, I can relate to this photo. It brings back memories of my father, who always wore a "turtle shell" hat while working in the fields. The perspiration on the gentleman's shirt in the photo, and the smile on his face, indicates that he has been working hard in the summer heat and is very pleased with the results of his labor. The tier poles shown are rectangular in shape and were pretty uncomfortable to those hanging the tobacco while bare-footed. Some tier poles were round, which were much better on the feet, but were very slippery, and probably resulted in "hangers" sometime falling to the ground below.

Henry N Howell Mar 14 2010

This is a farmer posing in a tobacco barn filled with green leaves of tobacco hanging from tobacco sticks prior to the beginning of the weekly tobacco curing process. The tobacco leaves have been strung or looped on tobacco sticks with tobacco twine and hung from tier poles in the barn. Tier poles are eight or nine tiers high reaching to the top of the barn. The tobacco barn is divided into four or five rooms about four feet wide holding from four hundred to four hundred fifty sticks of green tobacco. Preparing and filling a tobacco barn with tobacco to be cured was a labor intensive process prior to the sixties. Tobacco barns and scenes similar to the photograph dotted the landscape of Eastern North Carolina for most of the twentieh century when tobacco was the economic lifeblood of the area.

Entered by Admin Sep 28 2009

Thanks, description has been updated.

Beth Winstead Feb 06 2009

This is inside a tobacco barn where the tobacco was cured.

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