Factory No.1, Sanchez & Haya Company

Factory No.1, Sanchez & Haya Company Tampa Florida


Stock #: 715873
Type: Postcard
Era: Divided Back
City: Tampa
State: Florida (FL)
County: Hillsborough
Publisher: Simplicity
Size: 3.5" x 5.5" (9 x 14 cm)
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Stripping Havana tobacco filler at the factory of Sanchez & Haya Company, makers of the finest Havana Cigars. This particular work is always done by women. After the tobacco filler is stripped it is kept on racks in small bunches until it gets in condition to be transferred to barrels. Great care is taken not to mix the different grades of tobacco while it is on the racks and also when transferred to barrels. Once the filler is put in barrels they are taken to a large room situated in this department, which can be seen in this picture back of the strippers. Here also the different grades of tobacco are separated and each barrel bears the name of the plantation in Cuba where the tobacco was grown, the year's crops, the date tobacco was stripped, and also the grade of the tobacco. It is impossible to state how long the tobacco must be kept in the barrels before using. It takes from three weeks up to eight months, or more, depending entirely upon how long a time the leaf requires to be properly cured. Nothing must be done to rush the curing process. The tobacco itself must get to that point where it is in condition to be turned into cigars. The next stage of high-grade manufacturing Havana Tobacco is the blending, as shown on Card No.9.