A Historic Discovery in Ybor City
At the J.C. Newman Cigar Factory in Ybor City, a remarkable unveiling has captured the attention of cigar aficionados worldwide: a wooden box with 20 exceptionally preserved, 116-Year-Old Cigars. Crafted in Tampa over a century ago, these cigars offer a unique glimpse into the rich history of cigar making.
The Vintage Collection’s Unique Characteristics
Drew Newman, representing the J.C. Newman Cigar Company, enthusiastically shares the details: “These vintage Tampa cigars vary in size. We have some longer, others with tapered heads, and a few rounder ones featuring darker tobaccos.” A local cigar shop customer in Plano, Texas, stumbled upon this box, leading back to the 1906 debut of the Ponce De Leon brand by Cuesta Rey Cigar Company, later acquired by Newman in 1958.
Tampa’s Rich Cigar Heritage
Newman highlights Tampa’s cigar-making legacy: “A century ago, cigar makers here exclusively used Cuban tobacco. This collection features dark, Cuban tobaccos, shipped from Havana and hand-rolled in the Cigar City.”
The Significance of the Cigar Box
The box itself, used by salespeople to display these cigars across America, stands out for its size, ornate design, sturdy handle, and protective features. It reflects the era’s approach to cigar salesmanship and marketing.
Preserving a Piece of History
Newman explains the Ponce De Leon brand’s prestige, noting its premium status with a price of five cents per cigar. He emphasises the historical importance of these cigars, choosing to preserve them as invaluable artifacts rather than consume them.
Visit and Experience the Legacy
The J.C. Newman Cigar Factory proudly displays this unique box of vintage Tampa cigars. They welcome visitors on weekdays, suggesting an arrival time before 3:00 p.m. to see cigar rolling in action. Admission is free, offering a unique glimpse into cigar history.
Source: Fox 13 News
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