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Two-Cent Cigars: 1942

Two-Cent Cigars: 1942

January 1942. "Yauco, Puerto Rico, In a small cigar factory. These cigars are made for local consumption and sell for about two cents." Medium format negative by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


Leftover Scraps

You can see that he's using small, chopped scraps of tobacco, almost like cigarette filler. Definitely not premium, full leaf cigars.

Fight fan

Isn't that the "Brown Bomber" to the left? Our cigar roller ooks like a fan of exciting things doing his best in a job that just might be dull.

The Fighting 69th

Based on the activities in World War I of the actual 69th Infantry Regiment from New York City, the film is about the fictional character Jerry Plunkett played by Jimmy Cagney. Watch the trailer on YouTube for more Irish clichés than you’d think could be crammed into under two minutes.

Do the Math

If the cigars retailed for two cents, he was probably paid something like a cent for every five he rolled.

Vapor Cherokee

"Steamship" Cherokee was sunk by the German navy on June 16, 1942.

Sinking of the Cherokee

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