Pre-Production: 1963 – World Tobacco Congress
Rhodesia & Nyasaland
1963 – World Tobacco Congress
Fig. 1 – 3d
This is the emblem of the Tobacco Export Promotion Council of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (TEPCORN) taken from one of their export brochures. The plant shown is Nicotiana tabacum.
Fig. 2 – 2/6d
A hand of flue-cured tobacco lead. Image from a photograph from the official files.
Fig. 3 – 6d
An image of the tobacco fields representative of the Inyazura District of Southern Rhodesia. The photograph is also taken from a TEPCORN’s export brochure. On the back of the official photograph, a lane is marked with an ‘x’ with notes to add ‘a man in shorts and shirt and wearing a slouch hat.’
Fig. 4 & 5 – 1/3d
These two official photos were blended together to form the final design.
Fig. 3 was taken by the Rhodesian authorities but it was later decided to add a human element.
Fig. 4 was selected from the Rhodesia House files to introduce this human element. It shows a typical tobacco auction floor in Salisbury. The photograph is numbered ‘6534 of the Public Relations Division, Ministry of Home Affairs, photographed by H W Mills.’ It was taken in April 1961.