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Central Tobacco: 1906

Central Tobacco: 1906

Louisville, Kentucky, circa 1906. "A tobacco warehouse." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Love's labour lost?

The young fellow sitting high on the hog(shead), was probably a roller, making a few nickels by rolling the empties outside for pickup by the deliverymen for refill.

Worked there, almost

Winston Salem is my home town. The best summer jobs to be found were connected to the tobacco industry. I worked for RJ Reynolds for 3 summers. The smell was unforgettable. But, good times!

AHA!

This is what Central Tobacco looks like today! Man I had to do a lot of digging, but now I'm certain. This is Main Street between 10th and 11th. Woot!


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Tobacco Road

I grew up in Burlington, NC, near Winston Salem (guess what's made there!), and this photo brings back the smell of the tobacco operations in the late 50's -- not offensive, just pervasive. We learned early on about hogsheads of tobacco and their importance to the economy in Colonial times and thereafter.

Those old markets

are still around in some Southern towns. By the mid 50s, most of them had been replaced by metal buildings, but some brick markets were in use until fairly recently. I can remember seeing trucks piled with those hogsheads pulling out from the markets when I was a child. The tobacco was left to age for, I believe, 5 years until broken open and processed. Although I personally detest smoking, until the gov't put the badmouth on it, tobacco was a major industry in the South.

Anystreet USA

Such a sign of the times for that era. Aren't those quite large hogshead barrels? WOW!

Hogsheads II

According to Wikipedia, each one of those hogsheads weighs about 1,000 pounds. A lot of hard work movings those hogsheads around. I wish I could think of another way to use the word hogshead.

 
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