1475 Vintage Retro Cuban Map Cigar Box Clutch / Cross Body Purse
This is a darling vintage retro image of a Cuban map with all of the cities and tourist hot spots from back in the day before the embargo and the Castro regime. It could have been part of a travel poster. I’m not really sure, but it caught my eye and I thought it would be perfect for one of this little cache of hard to find Cuban cigar boxes that I was lucky enough to find! I framed the image with six clear crystals. The box itself is a Cohiba Esplendidos, wooden with the Cuban seal left for authenticity! I flipped the box so that the opening is now on the top and added a three ball lock for security. Eight gold purse feet protect the back and bottom of the clutch. Gold cross body hardware has been attached to the sides so that you can add the chunky gold chain that comes with this adorable Humadorable if you choose to be hands free. The back has been painted black and sealed. I lined the interior with padded zebra fabric and black lace trim! The original and authentic Cohiba label remains on the inner lid. 8 x 10.5 x 2″ THIS IS AN AUTHENTIC CIGAR BOX PURSE, SO SMALL FLAWS INFLICTED BY THE SMOKERS OF THE CIGARS ARE TO BE EXPECTED! Large flaws will be noted in the description. If you don’t like what you see, I can do custom cigar box purses and can include anything you like!- pictures of family members, pets, places- you name it! I always ship insured. Please sign up for my email via this site to get in on sales and new products. Also please follow Humadorables by Susan on Facebook and Instagram. https://www.facebook.com/Humadorables/ https://www.instagram.com/humadorablesbysusan/
History: If there is one moment that defines post-revolutionary Cuban cigar history, it is when Fidel himself smoked a cigar given to him by his bodyguard in 1965. The Cohiba cigar was born soon after. Cohiba, the word for tobacco in the language of the indigenous Taino people of Cuba, as we all know today, has become the most sought-after brand among Cuban cigars. The story begins innocently enough. As Castro and his bodyguard were riding together in a car, the bodyguard was puffing on what he told El Comandante was a ‘fuma’ made by a friend, Eduardo Rivera Irizarri, who worked in a cigar factory. Castro asked for one of the cigars and liked it so much that he ordered more. It became his regular smoke and he gave them out to his main guys, including Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara. The cigar, a long, thin panatela was also sent to other world leaders who smoked cigars, among them Omar Torrijos of Panama, Josip Broz Tito of Yugoslavia, and Egypt’s Gamal Abdel Nasser. In 1966, when Castro decided to create the El Laguito factory for the production of Rivera’s cigar, the Cohiba Lancero was created (originally it was called the ‘El Laguito #1’), keeping the signature pigtail. This also marked the invention of the Lancero shape.The Cohiba brand was officially launched in 1968. The original production of Cohiba is not quite the same cigar given to Castro by his bodyguard. When the factory was established, Castro ordered that a special tobacco blend be created. The tobacco for Cohiba cigars today comes from just 10 fields totaling 700 acres in the Vuelta Abajo region of Pinar del Rio, on the far west side of Cuba. That tobacco is exclusive to the Cohiba brand and, at the El Laguito factory, it undergoes a third fermentation in wooden barrels. This results in a smoother flavor. In 1982, Cohiba cigars went public. This coincided with the World Cup of soccer being held in Spain that year. The three vitolas available were the Panetela, the Corona Especial and the Lancero. Seven years later, the Robusto (4 7/8 x 50), Exquisito, (5 x 33), and Espléndido (7 x 47) were added. These first half dozen shapes form Cohiba’s Linea Clasica, or Classic Line. Today, Cuba’s Cohiba has six lines, including the Linea 1492 that contains the ‘siglos,’ and the ‘Behike’ series. The Behike – which comes in a Robusto, and two Corona Gorda shapes, has, in many ways, become the new, stronger-flavored vanguard of the brand. The strength of each line varies, but the brand goes from medium to full in terms of flavor options. One common trait among the Cuban Cohibas? They’re not cheap, ranging in price from as little as $11.50 for a Siglo I (4 x 40) to more than $100 for several of the shapes. Now, just try to find them.