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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.
Florida’s cheap cigars (5¢ or less) outsold Florida’s high-priced cigars (20¢ or more), something they didn’t publicize.1912 H. The 24% classified as “mid-size” made 40% of the total, whereas 75% of US factories combined to make 10% of the output. Maker of FAVORITE PLAYERS, PAY DAY, JENNY LIND 5¢ cigars, JOLLY FELLOWS 2/5¢ cigars and KALO 3/10¢ cigars.1919 First fully automated cigar machine introduced in US. A decade later, more than 4,000 would be in production, making more cigars in an hour than a hand-roller could do in a day, at about half the daily wage cost.1919 Membership in the CMIU drops 40% in NYC because of the strike of 1919.
Once the world’s most sought after, they couldn’t compete with the Tobacco Trust’s marketing and price-cutting.Introduces “the new Autokraft wooden cigar box,” made with the latest technology.1931 US Government rules that the Navy must buy domestic cigars when within US waters, but admits it cannot prevent them from buying Cuban cigars when outside US territorial waters.The law relieves tobacco products intended for ships stores from paying taxes.Government activities (usually laws) and particularly noteworthy companies are in bold as are brand names.If a box, label or company is on exhibit, it is marked in claret color.