While the rain was still just a sprinkle, we shuffled our way down the street to get in some more sightseeing. After checking out a few shops, we stopped in at Cigar Factory New Orleans.
The first thing we noticed was the New Orleans Cigar Museum with lots of fun photos, illustrations, and artifacts. Apparently some of the items date back to the 1800’s.
I noticed that the museum seemed to have lots of artifacts with the name “La Flor de Magnolia” on it. After a little researching online, I found that it was a very popular brand of cigars once produced in New Orleans in the 1800s. The cigar manufacturer as well as an agent for the Germania Life Insurance Company, was named Phil. D. Mayer. He owned and operated a large cigar factory on Decatur Street, which happens to be the same street the Cigar Factory of New Orleans is on. He produced many different brands, but “La Flor de Magnolia” was their most popular one. Loved that they had photos of the original operation as well as the copies of the original bands.
These old cigar boxes were still in pretty good shape. Even the colors on the illustrations were still vibrant.
We were told that a few times a day they have cigar makers rolling cigars in the shop, but we had just missed them… bummer.
We had a great time checking out the little museum, perused the humidor, Jon bought a few items, and we headed back to our hotel.
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