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The End of An Era:<BR>Maryland's Tobacco Auction in Pictures

Frances Warring

Francis Warring is the warehouse floor manager. He's been working here for 28 years - since he was 13. Here's what his day is like: As the tobacco companies bid on the bails of tobacco, the offer is written on a tag. If the farmer isn't willing to sell for that price, he bends the corner of the tag down. Warring then inspects the tobacco to see if it could be sold for more money. If so, he acts on behalf of the warehouse to purchase the tobacco so that it can be sold later at a higher price.


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