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1960 eastern NC photo of women tying bundles of the dried tobacco leaves preparing them for sale at the warehouse.  Tobacco leaves were sorted by color on the "grading bench" (seen with the poles dividing it) and then the like colors were tied into bundles and sold in seperate piles in the warehouse.  The brightest golden leaves brought the most money.

1960 eastern NC photo of women tying bundles of the dried tobacco leaves preparing them for sale at the warehouse. Tobacco leaves were sorted by color on the "grading bench" (seen with the poles dividing it) and then the like colors were tied into bundles and sold in seperate piles in the warehouse. The brightest golden leaves brought the most money.

For seven days, the farmers carefully raised the temperature in the barn and caused the tobacco to yellow and dry out. Description from learnnc.org. I searched for this on bing.com/images

For seven days, the farmers carefully raised the temperature in the barn and caused the tobacco to yellow and dry out. Description from learnnc.org. I searched for this on bing.com/images

Looping Tobacco on a tobacco stick.  If I had $1.00 for each stick I looped, I would be a rich woman!!

Looping Tobacco on a tobacco stick. If I had $1.00 for each stick I looped, I would be a rich woman!!

Here's a flue-curred tobacco warehouse with the auction about to begin. Oh, and by the way, after working on a tobacco farm growing up, the last thing I ever wanted to do was to take up smoking!

Here's a flue-curred tobacco warehouse with the auction about to begin. Oh, and by the way, after working on a tobacco farm growing up, the last thing I ever wanted to do was to take up smoking!

Curing tobacco, the old fashioned way.  Spending the night at the barn, keeping the fires going.

Curing tobacco, the old fashioned way. Spending the night at the barn, keeping the fires going.

Eastern North Carolina farmers took their cured tobacco to warehouses such as this to sell at auction. Description from pinterest.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images

Eastern North Carolina farmers took their cured tobacco to warehouses such as this to sell at auction. Description from pinterest.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images

Handing the tobacco from the trucks to be tied onto the sticks before they can be put in the tobacco barn for curing

Handing the tobacco from the trucks to be tied onto the sticks before they can be put in the tobacco barn for curing

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