Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Cigar Factory Reader


Today's picture was taken in 1909 in a Tampa, Florida cigar factory. The man sitting on the chair is the "reader". He would sit and read to the workers all day long. The workers chipped in to pay him, and they got to choose what he would read each day.

In the comments yesterday Ashley Jewel mentioned that this went on. I found that comment interesting, as I was already planning on using this picture today.

16 comments:

  1. what a great idea!! i love that. thanks for this picture.

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  2. You've educated us once again. Thanks!

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  3. That is my dream job (and I have that same picture on my office wall, I was wondering if you were going to use it)! I read an article in Smithsonian magazine about the readers in the cigar factories a few years ago and decided that would be one job I would look forward to doing as I love to read and don't mind reading out loud. Thanks!

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  4. I just read Nate's comment from yesterday and PJM's reply. Can't stop laughing, wicked funny. This is all a diobolical ruse, a master plott by the host. I'm not sure what his game is but sumthins going on. Have a nice Thanksgiving to all. Dave

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  5. @dave107: see Monday's comments for the start of the entire diabolical plot.

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  6. Couldn't they just play a radio or something?

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  7. Ah, you can always tell the young'uns in the crowd. There were no radios in 1909.

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  8. Instead of a reader they could have surffed the internet while at work looking up old pictures. Ops... I didn't say that!

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  9. happy thanksgivin to you all !!!

    oldbear!

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  10. Do not tell me - this is a commissar reading Super Villain dictates to those forced to work in diabolical hydrophonic factories.

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  11. Cool, a pic from my hometown. I remember visiting my relatives and cruising through the downtown area. The old cigar factories were multi story brick buildings. Some have even been refurbished into other uses and can be seen from I-4 which starts in downtown Tampa. I have done control work in the Hav-A-Tampa cigar factory which is North of the downtown out by the fairgrounds and US 301 area. They are very damp places as the rolling rooms have misters overhead to keep the tobbacco leaves humid enough to roll. Machines do the work now though and the humans box them up and mind the machines. Another dying art form lost.

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  12. William, I came across this newspaper article regarding the Hav-A-Tampa factory. Unfortunately it has closed down. There's a nice picture of their production room at the link.

    http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/article1012864.ece

    Some might theorize the true nature of the business was using tobacco leaves to fabricate televisions and trucks to avoid detection. :p

    Happy Thanksgiving!
    John

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  13. Again, sorry for a faulty link...


    http://www.tampabay.com/news/business
    /article1012864.ece

    John

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  14. Here's the IMDB link for a very good 19-minute film about a Lector. The film won several awards.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0288601/

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  15. Now that is my kind of job..packaging Cigars while someone reads to me..wonderful:)

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