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Cuban cigars are embedded in the Cuban culture. There are 32 brands sold today. Many are hand made by very skilled workers. It is possible to visit some cigar factories and watch the processes. Loudspeakers broadcast various news items, passages from books or music. Occasionally someone continues the old tradition of sitting in the factory and reading out loud to alleviate the boredom and educate the workers. The skilled workers in the factory can take a certain number of cigars home with them which I think are sold on the black market.
Following the revolution and the US embargo there was a sharp drop on international cigar sales but this has recovered since the 1990s.
We were not allowed to take pictures in the factory we visited so I show you here a man enjoying a cigar in front of an old colonial building in the wonderful old Cuban town of Trinidid.

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  • Copyright: Ann Jackman (annjackman) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1501 W: 0 N: 3606] (17881)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2010-05-31
  • Categories: Daily Life
  • Exposure: f/6.3, 1/100 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2011-05-03 6:03
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