Guest Post

Tobacco

Here’s a very nice, nostalgic piece from Frannie Frankfurter’s blog. I really enjoyed the reflective imagery. (And please, if you have comments or questions for the writer, be sure to post those comments on Frannie’s site so she can be sure to see them.) Enjoy.

NOTE: Here’s a corrected link, as the “official” link below no longer works for some reason:

https://fanniefrankfurter.com/2015/10/22/tobacco/

This is the only Blogger Spotlight that does not feature the entire story within my post, as I had not quite determined a final format for the series. The remaining Spotlights are self-contained, but they do offer links should you choose to learn more about the writer, and I’m sure the writer hopes you do so.

 

Fannie Frankfurter

When I write about the family farm I’m referring to land purchased by an ancestor on my paternal side in 1772 from Thomas Jefferson’s first cousin. Over time the acreage has decreased as people died and deeds transferred but my father and his siblings still reside on the remaining parcels.

I don’t know when the first tobacco seeds were planted but it’s highly likely that happened  two centuries ago. Even though I don’t advocate smoking or consumption of tobacco products I would be lying if I denied my nostalgia for the days spent watching the growth and harvest of the green stalky plant.

Unknown women wearing tobacco dresses, 1929 (Source: Library of VA Special Collections) Unknown women wearing tobacco dresses, 1929 (Source: Library of VA Special Collections)

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