Hard times now. Hard times then. Tobacco barn. Georgia working crew.

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Advantage

Old Georgia tobacco barn

A tobacco work crew.  Times were hard then as they are now.

I remember doing an older blog about working in tobacco in South Georgia when I was a teen.  The blog even has a picture of me! Published in a newspaper!  Working on a harvester-tractor used in tobacco harvesting.  Ok, ok, here's the blog.  Go read it and see the pictures.


Wasn't that fun?  Now the picture above was the way it used to be.  Poor people needing money working under the shelter of the typical tobacco barn which was found all over the south when tobacco was king and everyone smoked.  The workers might take their kids who could hand the tobacco leaves to a person who would string it on slender sticks of wood that was to be hung in the tobacco barn.  The leaves were picked out in the fields and hauled in a sled to the barn for the stringing.  Notice the man with no shoes.  Also notice the women had on dresses.....women didn't believe in wearing pants at that time.   I don't remember where I got this picture but it is very authentic.  The money paid per day was about $3.  Times were very hard then and $3 went a lot further than it does today.


Comments (2)

Jane Nicastro-Disch Warren NJ
Weichert Realtors - Warren, NJ
NJ Estates Real Estate Group of Weichert Realtors

Great picture and memories!

Dec 24, 2020 01:54 PM
Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

I never wore shoes during the summer growing up. Now I wear sandals all summer and have the feet tan to prove it.

I remember taking a tour of Nova Scotia and was told Prince Edward Island was a big tobacco grower in the Anne of Green Gables days.

It seems the warm Gulf Stream produced ideal weather for growing tobacco despite the Northern location. However during the winter the whole island shut down because of the harsh cold.

Dec 26, 2020 09:53 AM

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