Tobacco Life

The old barns for flue-curing bright leaf tobacco still dot the countryside here. But they aren’t used any more. Someday they’ll be gone.

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Hand-hewn logs, daubed with mud and rocks

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The leaves were cured by burners, first wood and later oil. They hung on poles like these, strung together on tobacco sticks.

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We would straddle the poles and hang the sticks as they were handed up to us.

One of my first jobs, before I was big enough to go the field, was handing leaves to the stringer–three at a time, stems straight and aligned.

 

 

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