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Tobacco Auction


These used to be a common sight in this area.  They were held in big, tin buildings, called “barns”,  in cities and towns and attracted a sizable crowd when the auctions were going on in fall.  Sometimes they hosted music concerts in the off season.  There are some good examples of these tobacco barns in Greeneville.

Title is: Auction Sale in Tobacco Warehouse, South Boston, Virginia

On the back (down the middle): A ‘Natural Finish’ Card Made by Graycraft Card Co., Danville, Va.

In pencil:  Auction started September 23 – 1946

Aside: I helped tie and hang tobacco for drying once.  This is not recommended if you like to keep your hands clean.  Sticky.  Brown.  Smelled good, though.  I used to smoke (a long time ago), so I can say that.

Wiley and Burton

Which one is Wiley?  I don’t know.  Using standard dating information on real photo postcards, I can figure this was taken in the early 20s and the message on the back, written in pencil, says: “Dear Sister, got your letter yesterday and so glad to hear from you.  Burton is here to day and we broke the mans camera.  will write soon.  your bro Wiley  Love to all.”

It was never mailed.

Old Doorway

Old doorway in Coeburn VA.  Interesting design.




Aw, all right, I’ll go.  I know when I’m not wanted…