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The Lectores Who Read to Cuba’s Cigar Rollers

Posted by on Mar 8, 2016

 

Lectores were readers hired by cigar makers in Cuba to read to cigar rollers as they worked.  As the article explains, their importance during cigar production in the early 1900s was not to be underestimated.

Their rivalry began over a disagreement that had started at the Tampa factory: whether a novel titled La Canalla that was to be read aloud by their lector (reader) contained passages that might offend the presumed-delicate sensibilities of the female workers in the room.

Fernandez declared it obscene, Velazquez objected. Firearms emerged and shots were fired. Both men were hit, and Velazquez died from his wounds five days later.

Find out more about this fascinating bit of cigar history in the article below.

 

Photo credit to Pre-Texts.

via http://mentalfloss.com/article/71485/lectores-who-read-cubas-cigar-rollers

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