One of the highlights of my trip to Cuba in 1999 was visiting a cigar factory in Havana. It was an unforgettable trip back in time. The facilities had clearly not been modernized in 50 years. Photos of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara littered the walls. The employees sat in a large room and listened to a woman reading books (or perhaps communist propaganda, my Spanish is not very good) while they rolled cigars. I can’t imagine with the prevalence of modern technology and the booming European tourist trade that this is still the case so I am grateful to have experienced this classic Cuban tradition in such a deliciously antiquated and untouched setting. After I returned home I naturally began collecting vintage cigar labels.