This shows the tobacco kilns up closer. These were very near the road. These were all over the area when I was growing up and they came in two colors...green or red.
The tobacco industry was a good money maker when I was young. When I was fifteen, you could make $500 in one summer working in tobacco. That was great money for that time...1964. Though it was back-breaking work, the pay was good and most of the tobacco farmers treated their employees great. I remember they used to pick people up around 6am at the city square and drop them off in the evening.
There were several jobs that you could do. Suckering for me was the easiest and though it was hard, hot work, it was not as hot as working in the kiln. Hanging the tobacco was no fun at all and I didn't mind being out in the fields.
Today, there isn't much tobacco grown in this area. The tobacco that is grown is harvested by machine and it seems that the younger generation doesn't want to do that kind of manual labor. Many people come here from Jamaica and Mexico to work in the tobacco and produce industries.
Hubby and I didn't do much today. This afternoon there were thunderstorms and torrential rains. It quit for a bit and we went out to do a bit of shopping. Tomorrow I will show you the bargain that I got. Tonight I watched Regis and Millionaire and then the new show called Shark Tank, but programming was interrupted because of another major storm. The temperatures were in the high 90s with a humidex of over 100F. Tomorrow is to be less humid but the hot trend continues. I really enjoyed the cooler temperatures and hope they resume.