Cured tobacco

Cured tobacco
Women sorting and rolling tobacco leaves after curing. Dates from negative sleeve.
August 20, 1965 - August 23, 1965
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2cm x 3cm
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East Carolina Manuscript Collection
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Sylvia Bunn Watkins Jan 20 2011

These ladies are tying dried tobacco leaves into bundles.  The tobacco has been cured, taken off the sticks, "graded" and placed in piles on the bench.  It is sorted by color and texture;the stems are then  pressed together to about 2 1/2",at the top.  Next, a soft, pliable leaf is folded to a width of about two inches and wound around the head.  This will keep the bundle from falling apart.  After two or three rounds are made, the remainder of the leaf is tucked into the center of the bundle.  The bundle is placed in a pile near the chair; later it will be "stuck up" on smooth grading sticks, like the one in the background.  It will be "pressed" and placed in an holding area. When the entire barn of tobacco has been tied into bundles,it will be taken to the tobacco auction.

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