Tobacco Production, Richmond, Virginia, 1870s

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Scribner's Monthly (May 1872-Oct. 1872), vol. IV, p. 652; also published in Edward King, The Great South . . . profusely illustrated from original sketches by J. Wells Champney (Hartford, Conn., 1875), p. 633. (Copy in Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library)

Caption: "Stringing the Primings"; shows a woman removing the lowest leaves of the tobacco plant (the "primings"), helped by small children; a boy in the background hangs the leaves out to dry. Although this scene is from the post-emancipation period, it can serve to illustrate earlier years. See King for description of tobacco trade in the Richmond (p. 632 ff.).