Workers in tobacco warehouse, 1841

#Picture Number ST197

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Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of workers in a tobacco warehouse, London docks, 1841. The large warehouse contains rows of hogsheads (barrels) of tobacco. The workers take a barrel apart, leaving a dense mass of tobacco. With long knives two men chop away any parts that have been damaged by sea water. The remainder will be weighed (in the scales hanging from the beam) to calculate the duty due on the tobacco; then it is re-packed into its barrel using a screw press (in the background).