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“Pride in Tobacco”: Roycroft’s Warehouse, 1982

“Pride in Tobacco”: Roycroft’s Warehouse, 1982 P hoto Essa y .................... “Pride in Tobacco” Roycroft’s Warehouse, 1982 by John T. Jones The old saying “f/8 and be there” applies to these photos. In the early to mid 1980s, I was doing street photography in downtown Durham. Especially compelling was the warehouse district, home of the muscular, oversized tobacco auction warehouses and their supporting businesses. In August 1982, I serendipitously came upon an auction about to begin at Roycroft’s Warehouse on Rigsbee Avenue. The folks in charge gra- ciously let me photograph the event, and these images are the result. Because Roycroft’s Warehouse closed and was torn down five years later, these photographs document a small slice of the Durham tobacco industry in its waning years. One photo shows “tobacco men” having a cigarette break under a sign that reads “Pride In Tobacco,” a call- back to the sweaty, aromatic “Bull Durham” of old, which existed even as today’s “City of Medicine” was emerging. These photographs have never been shown, except to friends. 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 75 76 77 79 80 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Southern Cultures University of North Carolina Press

“Pride in Tobacco”: Roycroft’s Warehouse, 1982

Southern Cultures , Volume 21 (4) – Jan 31, 2016

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Abstract

P hoto Essa y .................... “Pride in Tobacco” Roycroft’s Warehouse, 1982 by John T. Jones The old saying “f/8 and be there” applies to these photos. In the early to mid 1980s, I was doing street photography in downtown Durham. Especially compelling was the warehouse district, home of the muscular, oversized tobacco auction warehouses and their supporting businesses. In August 1982, I serendipitously came upon an auction about to begin at Roycroft’s Warehouse on Rigsbee Avenue. The folks in charge gra- ciously let me photograph the event, and these images are the result. Because Roycroft’s Warehouse closed and was torn down five years later, these photographs document a small slice of the Durham tobacco industry in its waning years. One photo shows “tobacco men” having a cigarette break under a sign that reads “Pride In Tobacco,” a call- back to the sweaty, aromatic “Bull Durham” of old, which existed even as today’s “City of Medicine” was emerging. These photographs have never been shown, except to friends. 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 75 76 77 79 80

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Southern CulturesUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Jan 31, 2016

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