Storm Center of Plug Tobacco

Source: Tobacco & Americans, Special Ref TS 2235 U5 H4

Manufacturing plug tobacco

Manufacturing plug tobacco

Staff Person: Nanette Hardison

This image shows the manufacturing of plug tobacco at a Winston, North Carolina tobacco plant. The description under the photo states that “Winston, North Carolina, was “storm center of the plug industry,” stubbornly stuck to flat plug made of Bright leaf in the face of spectacular increase in Burley plug sales. Winston became third-ranking city in manufactured tobacco output, rejected old consignment system to develop its own sales force.”

The image is from the book entitled “Tobacco & Americans,” a title which is one of the many interesting books that make up the Special Collections’ reference collection which is located in the search room.