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The End of An Era:<BR>Maryland's Tobacco Auction in Pictures
Jimmy Lacey Lacey's Hand-Tied Tobacco

Jimmy Lacey's tobacco got a bid of $1.80 a pound. He thought it should have gotten $2. Why didn't the companies offer more? Lacey says it isn't the quality. "It's the [family] name" that fetches the price, he says. Is he going to take the offer? "I ain't decided yet," he says. He hand ties his tobacco. His burdens (or bails) were some of the neatest in the warehouse. Working alone, he says he can strip a couple hundred pounds of tobacco in a day.


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