Man finds 1940 movie about NC tobacco family

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DURHAM, N.C. — A Durham film collector is particularly pleased with a movie he bought on eBay a few weeks ago because the 17-minute segment of “Tobaccoland USA” is from a 1939 documentary about tobacco growing and manufacturing in Durham.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that Tom Whiteside bought the film that focuses on the Van Buren Ellis family as they go through a year from seed bed preparation to celebrating after harvest.

“Tobaccoland USA” was commissioned by the Liggett & Myers Tobacco Co. and produced by the March of Time newsreel company in 1939. It premiered Feb. 29, 1940, at the University of North Carolina and Duke University.

Whiteside plans to screen the movie in one of his Durham Cinematheque events at Durham Central Park this summer.

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