Sorting and hanging tobacco

Sorting and hanging tobacco
Women and children sorting and hanging tobacco for curing. Dates from negative sleeve.
June 20, 1963 - June 21, 1963
Original Format
6cm x 6cm
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Location of Original
East Carolina Manuscript Collection
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Jan Lewis Aug 27 2013

I grew up on a tobacco farm and started "handing" leaves when I was 5 years old. Green tobacco was tied, hung on sticks and cured in a barn. Depending on the type of tobacco, it could be air cured, smoke cured or flue/oil (and later, propane) cured. The cured tobacco was then graded before being sold. I guess how many days a week you "pulled" or "put in" tobacco depended on how many acres of tobacco you had, when it ripened, and how many people were working the crop. We usually filled one barn a day for 4-5 days of the week; the bards held between 400 and 500 sticks, as I recall.

Debbie Waitley Aug 24 2013

Tobacco was primed, tied and put in the barn more than one day a week. We did this almost every day during the season.

Mike Perry Nov 05 2009

Here they are NOT sorting tobacco--instead, they are tieing the harvested leaves onto sticks. These sticks of tobacco will then be hung in the barn for a full week of curing by heat. This process was simply called "putting in" tobacco, and all tobacco farmers did this one day a week throughout the summer.

Beth Winstead Feb 06 2009

Tobacco is "graded" and "racked"

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