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.