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Shoofly Tobacco: 1939

Shoofly Tobacco: 1939

July 1939. Shoofly, North Carolina. "Tobacco field in early morning where white sharecropper and wage laborer are priming tobacco." View full size. Medium format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration.

 

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Priming?

Is this a reference to the picking of the largest leaves and leaving the smaller ones to mature? We called it 'fanning' or 'topping', but I guess the terms were very regionally biased.

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