Home Tour 2014: Tobacco Heritage: tour extras

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Documentary photos of the history of tobacco in Durham.


Chesterfield Building – Liggett & Meyers

Liggett & Myers cigarette manufacturing factory in Durham, NC 1999

The End of Tobacco Road: 
Scenes from Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company’s final days in Durham, North Carolina, 1999

In 1999, photographer Laura Drey spent several weeks touring inside L&M’s Durham factory, photographing the employees, the facilities, and the processes during L&M’s last days in Durham. This exhibition features the fruits of Drey’s labor. Images were chosen to illustrate the process of manufacturing cigarettes at the end of the twentieth century in Durham, North Carolina.

Online exhibit from the Durham County Library’s North Carolina Collection 



Farm to Smoke – Tobacco in 1939

Buyers looking at tobacco in warehouse during auction sales, Durham, North Carolina. Nov 1939. (Marion Post Wolcott, Library of Congress)

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration – Office of War Information Photograph Collection form an extensive pictorial record of American life between 1935 and 1944.

See a slideshow of these striking images.