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T. F. Volk - Cigarmaker

Plymouth Cigarmaker Still Does It By Hand

Sheboygan Press - March 26, 1948

Contributed by: Debi Daniel

Today when most cigars are machine-made, a few veterans of the cigar-making trade still make them by hand. One such veteran is T. F. Volk, of Plymouth, shown above at work on a 15-cent cigar. A handful of tobacco leaf from Cuba and Porto Rico becomes the "filler"; around that is wrapped the "binder" of Connecticut broadleaf tobacco; the half-finished cigar is then placed in the mold at right and pressed; after pressing, it is rolled in its final wrapper of shade-grown tobacco; and, lastly, it gets its identifying sticker and placed in its cellophane tube. A bundle of finished cigars is visible beside the mold. The liquid in the bottle in the right foreground is water, not whiskey. The bottle has a nozzle on the top and is used for spraying the tobacco leaves when they become to dry and brittle to handle.

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