Bundling tobacco


Title
Bundling tobacco
Description
Four African American woman bundling tobacco leaves. Dates from negative sleeve.
Date
August 19, 1960 - August 20, 1960
Original Format
negatives
Extent
5cm x 5cm
Local Identifier
0741-b24-fd-v24.d.53
Contributor(s)
Subject(s)
Spatial
Location of Original
East Carolina Manuscript Collection
Rights
Copyright held by Joyner Library. Permission to reuse this work is granted for all non-commercial purposes.
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Comments

Sylvia Bunn Watkins Jan 20 2011

Sometimes, when the temperatures reached the upper 90's, the tobacco tying process was moved outsde. There was no air conditioning on the farms and very few electric fans. If there was, they were not used in the "grading room", for fear of drying the tobacco.  Notice the "grading bench" with the sticks inserted into holes.  These sticks are to separate the "grades" of tobacco.  Normally, you will have about four grades, beginning with the brightest and clearest leaves, on down to the darker ones with brown spots, tears or holdes in them.  If any leaves are  left that do not fit into any of these grades, it will be sold for scrap tobacco.  

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