Blast From My Past

This was part of my childhood growing up in a tobacco and cigarette manufacturing town. We had both Leggett and Meyers Tobacco Company and American Tobacco Company.

Every fall the auction houses would be full of cured full leaf tobacco from the recent harvest. Farmers would come to these auctions to sell their crops and as a child I would sneak away from time to time to see the excitement.

The rich smell of tobacco enveloped the city and the tobacco leaves that blew from covered trucks landed on sidewalks like fall leaves.

This was the lifeblood of Durham’s economy…the town where I grew up.


Anonymous said...

I went to eighteen schools growing up. U haul is about the only thing that evokes a memory...ha.