Cigars in the early 1900s were one of the more popular industries in major cities
of the United States. Any black-and-white photo showing the beginning years of any
major city will often have a five cent cigar store in the background. New York is
famous for this. Cigar rollers often from Italy Spain who have recently immigrated
to the US brought much diversity to commerce including cigars. Cigars were also socially
accepted at that time and integrated into the fabric of the major cities in the early
years of the United States. The stores and local manufacturers never really grew
big as some other brands of the day like H. Upmann but they serve their niche customers.
Boston and New York, Chicago cigar makers were easily attainable and visible to the
citizens at that time. As the years went on these stores eventually dropped off as
they were not as profitable as conventional retail merchants.
The tobacco use in cigars of those days consisted primarily of American tobacco.
This tobacco was later overshadowed by the far superior taste of imported cigar tobacco.