Tobacco farmers pictures : old photos of tobacco growing

Tobacco farmers pictures : many people still enjoy the country life and country living. For some it is the simple feeling of connecting with their roots and their farming ancestors.

Tobacco is cultivated for its leaves, which are rich in nicotine, used for smoking, chewing tobacco and snuff for. The tobacco plant grows between 3 and 9 feet high and gives ten to twenty large sheets up to 32 inches long and 16 inches wide, arranged alternately on a central stem.

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Tobacco growing in the United States Historically, the first major tobacco plantations were located in Virginia (including the iconic George Washington and Thomas Jefferson and his beautiful plantation in Ponticello). In the mid 18th century, Virginia controled most of the world market. The other major producer is the neighboring colony of Maryland in the Chesapeake Bay. Land speculation leads then to grow tobacco farther west, where land is cheaper in Tennessee or in the region known as the Bourbon county (the former Louisiana).

Nowadays the major tobacco producers are China and the United States. To produce the broad leaves of the fine cigars dress, large canopies are installed above the fields. In order to concentrate growth in the leaves of the tobacco varieties with large leaves, the top of the plant is covered before flowering. The leaves are often harvested by hand as they mature on the stem.

They are then suspended in sheds and processed by either air, fire, or heat so that each variety is colored and dried to acquire the characteristics that are expected.

The air treatment, used for many tobacco cigarettes and cigars, takes six to eight weeks. When processing by fire, the goes through the leaves. For the heat treatment, it (once led by pipes from fires) is applied carefully so that the leaves are fermented and dry properly.

After the treatment, the leaves are calibrated, often depending on their position on the plant, color, size and other characteristics, before being put in bale and shipped to warehouses for sale.



Let's have a look at some historic and recent tobacco growing pictures, a very hard work indeed, remind me of this great book "grapes of wrath" : Credits : Wolcott, Marion Post / Delano, Jack / Lee, Russell / Pauline Clyburn


Tobacco fields picture : Russell Spears' farm, vicinity of Lexington, Ky (1940). Burley tobacco is placed on sticks to wilt after cutting, before it is taken into the barn for drying and curing.

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Tobacco Fields photo Kentucky (1940)

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Tobacco workers picture Kentucky (1940)

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Tobacco workers baling and sampling tobacco

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Tobacco sharecropper and wife stripping and grading tobacco (North Carolina 1939)

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Tobacco workers in Barranquitas Puerto Rico (1942)

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Tobacco leaves picture (Puerto Rico 1942)

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Before the tobacco auction : Durham (North Carolina)

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Dusting tobacco shades with helicopter (Quincy, Florida, Florida, 1950)

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Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Lyman, Polish tobacco farmers near Windsor Locks, (Connecticut 1940)

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At the tobacco plant (1922)


Garden adjacent to the dugout home of Jack Whinery, homesteader, Pie Town (New Mexico, 1940)

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