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Wording of the Free of Tax stamp changed.1931 A Tampa manufacturer of clear Havana cigars remarked “If our smokers can’t afford our higher priced sizes and demand a nickel cigar, I am willing to give it to them in the hope of keeping their loyalty on my brand until such time as the economy permits them to go back to the 2/25¢ and 3/50¢ sizes.” Many Tampa brands adopt this attitude.

Many companies begin packing 1/40ths (boxes of 25) instead of 1/20ths (boxes of 50).1931 WHITE OWL reduces price to a nickel and becomes the largest selling 5¢ cigar, at 520,000,000 per year. Fendrich drops price of CHARLES DENBY from 8¢ to 5¢. drops price of LA PALINA from 6¢ to 5¢.1931 Short filler “shredded tobacco” cigars keeping Red Lion district alive in the depression. A few FAMOUS PLAYERS, NE-HI, LONG SMOKE, LUCKY LINDY, CITY NATIONAL, FIFTY-FIFTY, EL WADORA, O’SAN, PAYDAY, EMILIA GARCIA, LAS VEGAS, U. CLUB HOUSE, MEDITATION, HAVANA SWEETS, UTICA CLUB, CANADIAN CLUB, AMOS ‘N’ ANDY, SLEEPY EYE, HELLO WORLD, PEGGY O’NEIL, .1931 Bayuk wins NY State Supreme Court ruling stopping two NY cigar manufacturers from using the words “Phillies” or “Philadelphia” in the brand name, though the latter is permitted if the design of the box and band is distinctly different so as not to cause confusion on the part of a customer.1931 Readers in Tampa factories fired “for reading communist and socialist propaganda” claim owners. When they returned to work about three weeks later, radios had replaced readers.

Cubans traditionally consumed half their output; by 1923 they smoked 80% of their production.1925 Of the 3,300 cigar workers using automated machines, only 157 were men. Nearly 80% made less than 00/year; 10% of the women made less than a week, mostly in PA.1927 Cuba establishes the Comision Nacional de Propaganda y Defensa del Tabaco Habano.

The protection of the cigar business of Cuba was thus entrusted to an official organization whose goal was to secure measures for domestic stabilization but also for developing an intensive campaign to expand markets for Cuban cigars and cigar tobacco.1928 Banders working by hand could put on 7,000 cigar bands in a day.

Entries in light blue have been added since the February 15th, 2008, upload. Since the information was gathered over a period of 50 years from more than 1,000 sources, errors, contradictions or differences of opinion are inevitable.

Entries in red are social or historic events with significant impact on the country. Feel free to write 1910 President Taft lights the cigarette of the Russian ambassador’s wife, reportedly the first cigarette smoked in the White House.

Laws requiring separate bathrooms keep women from being hired in small factories.1923 Exports of Cuban cigarettes hit an all time low.

Once the world’s most sought after, they couldn’t compete with the Tobacco Trust’s marketing and price-cutting.

In 1941 Americans still dipped a 1/3 of a pound of snuff and still smoked 1 1/2 pounds of pipe tobacco.Claims to be largest cigar factory in the world.1912 A. Cuesta of Tampa, FL, buys Cuba’s world-famous EL REY DEL MUNDO brand and opens new cigar factory and warehouse in Havana, primarily to supply Europe and South America. Small denomination stamps (5 & 10) were redesigned as small horizontals printed in gold-orange, but not color-coded. Important cigar companies in NY, PA and MA begin plans to move to New Jersey.1920 Biggest cigar production year ever. cigars used eight million pounds of tobacco imported from Cuba. The word “Havana” on a cigar box almost always refers to a type of domestic U. tobacco, but is used in ways to make the smoker (and today’s ebay sellers) think of Cuba.1920 The development of the modern blended burley cigarette, cup packs, World War One, the jazz age, automobiles, flappers, movies, and women smokers led to 100 Billion cigarettes going up in smoke and combined with the fully automated cigar machine brought an end to the Golden-Age of the cigar.It was cheaper to import raw tobacco and make all Havana cigars in Tampa for the U. market.1913 US Government tax laws modified to permit 21 cigars per week per employee to be smoked in the factory “without the manufacturer of cigars being required to pack the same in boxes, or to stamp or pay any internal revenue tax thereon.”1914 B. See Dating Canadian boxes for more detail.1916 Membership in the Cigar Maker’s International Union peaks at only 53,000 members, but they are very influential philosophically. Only 7.5% of cigar tobacco used in the US is imported, much of that from Sumatra via the Netherlands. Cigar consumption remained around 8 Billion cigars while cigarette consumption skyrocketed.1920 Cigar making machine permits four unskilled girls to make 4,000 cigars a day, compared to four skilled and much higher paid workers’ output of around 1,200, The handwriting was on the wall and everyone could read it.1920 Jose Fernandez Rocha and Jose Rodriguez Fernandez (owners of J. Rocha y Cia, Inc., a Havana tobacco company) established LA GLORIA CUBANA.The majority of these were chinchalles (one man shops, also called ‘buckeyes’ because of their prevalence in Ohio).Estimated 100,000 cigar brands being sold in the United States.1921 To compete in the post-war boom, most York County (PA) makers converted to shredded domestic filler, frequently mixed with Puerto Rican and / or Havana scrap to keep retail price at 5¢, wholesaled at /1000; larger companies were able to make a long filler cigar for .50/1000.

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