Business: Factory Elocutionists

In a factory where cigars are made by hand, the journeyman cigarmaker sits at a smooth bench, a mold board of many grooves close at hand. An apprentice brings up a bundle of tobacco leaves from the cool, dark storage basement. The journeyman, with quick, accurate slashes, cuts a broad leaf on the bias into strips adequate for the cigar wrapper. Then some long filler, a slide of the flattened palm, and the cigar is made. He fastens the loose wrapper end with some glue, places the cigar in a mold groove. Later comes...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!