Mrs. Rafael Martinez sorting tobacco leaves for cigars - Miami, Florida

Mrs. Rafael Martinez sorting tobacco leaves for cigars - Miami, Florida

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  • Mrs. Rafael Martinez sorting tobacco leaves for cigars - Miami, Florida

Image Number

  • FS8074A


  • Not after 1980

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General Note

  • Accompanying note: "Aside from customs, beliefs, games, music and foodways, traditional crafts are part of folk culture. Cuba has long been noted as a cigar-making capitol in the world. When Cubans immigrated to Florida, they brought with them the folk knowledge of how to prepare and cure handmade cigars. These traditional skills are still practiced in the Florida centers of Cuban population: Key West, Tampa, and Miami."
  • In Cuba, the women stripped the leaves only. That was women's work and only women did that. My wife does this here. We sort the leaves by color and size.'"
  • "'My name is Rafael Martinez. I was born in Havana, Cuba. My father was a cigar-roller in Cuba and I worked for La Carona Cigar Factory before I came from Cuba. I learned the art right there at the factory. The best cigars are made right now in Miami. Because we, the experts, the cigar rollers are here, and we have really tried very hard...

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  • 1 slide - col.

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