Tiffany Hancock's grandfather and great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather were tobacco growers in northeast Chatham. The photo here shows her great-great-grandfather, James Cummings, standing in a field of tobacco on his farm off Mt. Pisgah Church Road with a sign advertising the fertilizer that he used.
Back in the early 1900s, the fertilizer companies would recruit local tobacco farmers to help advertise the fertilizer. They would take a picture of the farmer posing with the fertilizer sign while standing in their fields and then publish the photos in various magazines and newspapers.
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Many thanks to Tiffany Hancock for sharing this great Chatham photo with us!