Saturday, January 24, 2009

Tobacco Hogsheads

A tobacco hogshead, a large wooden barrel, was used to transport and store tobacco.

Per Wikipedia (until I can find a better source), "a standardized hogshead measured 48 inches (1220 mm) long and 30 inches (760 mm) in diameter at the head (at least 550 L, depending on the width in the middle), Fully packed with tobacco, it weighed about 1000 pounds (450 kg)."

Photo above is from Documenting the American South ( and was used with permission.

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