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Cigars – Tobacco – Whole Ground Spices – 620 East Market – Louisville, KY

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

Stofhelberg’s Havana Seconds- Cigars – Cincinnati, OH – Today & Sixteen Years Ago

Over-The-Rhine, Cincinnati – August 9, 2015 © Frank H. Jump

I returned to Cincinnati after sixteen years on our cross-country trip we took this summer. Again, I visited my friend and mentor Tod Swormstedt, founder of the American Sign Museum. In 1999, the museum was just an idea Tod had and today it is a fully realized dream. I searched for this sign, hoping it was still untouched and it was.

Cincinnati’s Over-The-Rhine neighbor surely has changed as it has morphed from a quasi-abandoned and under-served ghetto into a trendy, upscale dining and drinking strip surrounded by squalor. On our trip across this great nation, the stark differences between the “haves & have-nots” has never been more evident. Within several blocks of profitable tourist trade are communities, both African-American and Euro-American poor living side by side in utter poverty, many of whom have been displaced by gentrification. The tension was palpable.

Dominating this scenario are the anachronistic remnants of a former German immigrant commercial district, touting products that were luxury items in their day.

June 1999 © Frank H. Jump

June 1999 © Frank H. Jump

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From what I can read it looks like: “Stofhelberg’s Havana Seconds- Cigars” Possibly Henry Straus was the distributor. – Fading Ad Campaign, June 1999

S.G. Wall – Druggists – Sundries… Main Avenue – Durango, CO

Paints, Oils, Varnishes, Liquors, Cigars, Prescriptions Chemically Compounded © Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

The Newman Block, of course. At 801 Main Ave., it was built in 1892 by Charles Newman, who made his fortune first through pharmacies he owned with his brothers-in-law in Silverton, Alamosa, Animas City and Chama, New Mexico, and later by locating the Swansea Mine in Rico. His drugstore in Durango went on to become S.G. Wall Druggist, the current site of Olde Tymer’s Café. Newman also represented our region in the Colorado Senate.  – Durango Herald – Ann Butler, June 17, 2014

Vintage pharmacy & lingerie signs revealed on Flatbush & Woodruff Avenues – Flatbush, Brooklyn

C & B – Candy – Cigars – Prescriptions

© Vincenzo Aiosa

© Vincenzo Aiosa

© Vincenzo Aiosa

© Vincenzo Aiosa

Parodi Cigar Factory – Emilio Parodi – East Sixth Street – East Village, NYC

© Frank H. Jump

Also see:

Reise-Andenken – Cigarren – Cigaretten – Ansichtskarten – Spielwaren – Bacharach, Germany – Iman R. Abdulfattah

© Iman R. Abdulfattah

Travel souvenirs, Cigars, Cigarettes, Postcards & Toys

Wow Iman! People are still using color film over there?

Rocky’s News – Magazines – Syracuse, NY

447 N Salina St, Syracuse, NY 13203 © Vincenzo Aiosa

Rocky’s News and Cigar on North Salina Street in Syracuse is the self-proclaimed “#1 Cigar Store in Upstate New York.” Established in 1985, Rocky’s currently sells a variety of snacks, non-alcoholic drinks, necessities, magazines, lottery tickets, cigarettes, lighters, cutters, ashtrays, humidors, pipes, pipe tobacco, and cigars. They even boast an online retail store where you can peruse their wide selection of products in the comfort of your home. – Peter Work, Examiner dot com – February 24, 2010

Owl 5¢ Cigars – A.R. Preston Grocers – Partition Street – Saugerties, NY – Upstate NY Correspondent, Wendy Diaz McCarthy

© Wendy Diaz McCarthy


Cremo 5¢ Cigars Revisited – West Broadway, SoHo

© Vincenzo Aiosa

Previously posted July 26, 2011 on FAB

OZ Correspondent – Nicole Wilson – Oxol Fluid Beef Co & Grandas (Cigar?) Pentimento – Montréal, QC

© Nicole Wilson

Dominion Medical Monthly & Ontario Medical Journal – January – December 1901 – Google Books

This is a stretch but I am making a leap of faith that the GRANDAS on this pentimento is associated with the Montreal resident Jose Granda – cigar maker – immigrant from Spain. Below is the obituary of his daughter Mary Cook.


COOK, Mary (nee Granda) August 10th, 1924 – October 13th, 2012 

Passed away at Father Dowd Memorial Home at the age of eighty-eight after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s. Mary’s late father, Jose Granda, and his brothers were among the first immigrants from Spain to settle in Montreal in 1900 as founding partners in Jose Granda Cigars Ltd on St-Laurent Boulevard. She was predeceased by her brothers Pepe, Adolpho, Armando, Domingo and John, and by her sisters Feliz, Blanca, Luz and Paulina.


Beloved wife of Mr. Douglas James Cook and devoted mother to Linda (Bill Dalziel), Eric (Kathleen Casey) and Nina (Peter Walker). Loving Tita to Ryan, Kristin, Michael, Morgan, Andrew, Stuart, Michael, Maria, Evan and Casey. She will be greatly missed by her great-granddaughter Maya, her nieces and nephews as well as many other relatives and friends. 


Family will receive condolences at Kane and Fetterly Funeral Home (5301, Decarie Boulevard (corner Isabella), Montreal, H3W 3C4) on Friday, November 2nd from 2 to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. A memorial mass will be celebrated at St-Ignatius Parish (4455 West Broadway, Montreal) on Saturday, November 3rd at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to Alzheimer Society would be appreciated. 

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