Happy Wednesday, folks!
It’s always amazing to me that we never stop learning. Regardless of the topic or our knowledge of the subject, there’s always room to grow.
This week, I’m curious to know about something that you’ve learned about the wonderful world of cigars.
What Have You Learned About Cigars Recently?
Maybe it was from one of our weekend Virtual Meet & Greets, maybe it was from a book / the internet, or maybe an event at a Cigar Lounge before COVID-19 started closing things down.
Myself, I’ve been reading a good book recommended from our friend and Blind Reviewer, Rich K.! I’ve often seen noted people that I admire reading cigar literature (One is Rich, the other is Nicholas Melillo), and my 2020 goal is to be more like them.
In this book, Cigar Family: A 100 Year Journey in the Cigar Industry, I’ve been learning about J.C. Newman and the humble beginnings of his cigar empire.
The part that struck me was, in 1895 J.C. Newman rolled his first independent cigar. At that time, he was one of “42,000 federally registered cigar manufacturers in the United States, and in direct competition with 300 registered cigar factories in Cleveland,” Ohio.
Talk about a cigar boom! We even had unionized cigarmakers at the time, and it took Newman three years to complete his apprenticeship and learn his craft. With all that competition, it’s remarkable that he survived the tests of time so much to be such a staple in the cigar community today.
He would then go on to be the first to use cellophane on cigars in the 1920s after an industry-wide decline of using foil to cover cigars, a relatively short-lived concept. Until reading this, I never even knew that I wanted to know when cellophane was introduced.
Anyway, that’s what stuck out for me this week! Looking forward to learning more from the rest of you wonderful folks.
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