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Col. Maduro Cigars: 1908

Col.  Maduro Cigars: 1908

August 1908. Col. Maduro cigar factory in Indianapolis, Indiana. View full size. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. Note Celery Cola cap worn by boy on the right.


Something Wicked This Way Comes

There's a character in the Ray Bradbury book "Something Wicked This Way Comes" who speaks longingly about cigars rolled on the plump naked thighs of beautiful Cuban women. I think he'd be very disappointed to see this picture.

Celery Cola...

...and people think Moxie has a strange taste.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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