“The Back-breaking Leaf”

This week, my friend Bill Schaumburg visited. Bill’s the recently-retired editor of Railroad Model Craftsman magazine and it’s been a couple of years since we’ve sat down over dinner so it was great to catch up. Dinner – at 93 Harbord – was a fine time too. (Great to see you Bill – let’s do it again soon!)

It was also Bill’s first visit to my S Scale layout. He was interested in my tobacco kilns and we talked about tobacco harvesting. I did some research online today and found this half-hour documentary, from 1959, about tobacco harvesting in southwestern Ontario. It’s one of the many great finds on the National Film Board web site.

Here’s The Back-breaking Leaf, by Terence Macartney-Filgate. It shows picking, pulling the tobacco boats out of the field by horse, tying the leaves onto sticks, and of course loading the tobacco kilns that are a signature structure throughout Norfolk County.

Enjoy if you watch:

The Back-breaking Leaf by Terence Macartney-Filgate, National Film Board of Canada

1 thought on ““The Back-breaking Leaf”

  1. My father worked the tobacco fields after emigrating to Canada from Portugal in 1953. And we Canadians are very familiar with the late Stompin’ Tom’s classic song, “Tillsonburg”–http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YouShACK-H4

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