Someone recently asked me about how tobacco kilns were loaded. The process can be seen in the National Film Board movie The Back-breaking Leaf that I recently shared on this blog, but here are a couple of vintage postcard pictures that also show how it’s done.
As they show, workers tie tobacco leaves onto sticks and then load the sticks onto a portable conveyor at the tying station. The conveyor carries the sticks of tobacco up through the large shutters – held open with a rope tied through a piece of hardware under the eaves. Inside, workers will grab the sticks and suspend them in rows across the kiln.