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  1. My Spanish is a bit rusty, but that appears to establish the ability for regulations regarding the export of anything other then "factory" cigars. Possibly an attempt to kill all custom rolls also. EDIT: Further reading leads me to believe that this is all bark and no bite - unless you are trying to remove large quantities of non-authorized product. Lots of exceptions and beyond that requirements for easily obtainable paperwork. As long as you are under 50 customs upon exit you can find a way. Over that an you'll have to come up with Festival packaging or some form of bakshish.
  2. I swear these wear all over the place 20+ ago and I don't know anyone who actually succumbed. I think they all ended up on ebay for the price of Subway combo.
  3. Pre-war (1st war-to-end-all-wars) Johnnie Walker white label; Sobranie Black Russian cigs (Sobranie House and prior); Asprey silver (Old Bond Street); Colt manufacture AR-15's, The Doors in San Diego, a nice Horch, a horrendously degraded copy of Newton's Principia, Lawn Darts, etc. All things that I've enjoyed that are no longer available. This too will pass, and move on to something else - or not. I'm reminded of a stanza from Omar the tent maker, but I'm far to deep into Fryday to do it justice.
  4. "Hello - I'd like to purchase a cask of your finest grade Whisky." "Thank you for the inquiry. Please understand that it will be several years before we get to your cask and then we also recommend that you allow it to age in our warehouse for at least 12 years before bottling." -- It's sort of an old school liquor/wine/cigar thing. I believe it's still similar (though not quite as long) for first growth French wines (see: French Wine Futures.) It was common to have your tobacconist purchase you cigars and then keep them for aging - sometimes for decades if you forgot. Get lucky and you can go downstairs at JJ Fox in London and you'll see what I mean. -- No clue if this is still a "thing", but for cask purchases of whisky, I would be surprised if it was not.
  5. Uh, guilty - when it comes to cigars and wine. It's a UK thing m8. When your home doesn't have any numbers in the address and has been passed down for six generations.
  6. I've been referred to as "El diablo blanco" ...they also think I don't understand a word of Spanish.
  7. Um, I have boxes from the 1990's that I've never even broken the seal on...
  8. It has been awhile, but Sir Terence Conran's "Bibendum" Restaurant (at Michelin House) - Chef Simon Hopkinson's Steak au poivre. While not technically "junk food", it is still a guilty pleasure.
  9. My idea of "roughing it" is receiving a chipped plate from room service. I've also been known to partake of the food truck scene in Los Angeles. It may be a food truck, but there's no reason to behave like animals and use plastic utensils! ...and because everyone always asks: The fork, when fully open, unlocks the two sides.
  10. I may have posted this before, don't remember. The market for reprints of old/new bands was tremendous in the boom period. I was actually surprised at how many variations there were available. I suspect, if you know the right places, they are still as prevalent. This site is one we used to see referenced most often, happily defunct now: https://web.archive.org/web/20081209132555/http://www.justfakes.com/
  11. I was taught touch typing (using typewriters with no printing on the keys) by Catholic Nunz. I still have a scar on one knuckle from Sister Mary Elephant. To this day, when I see a yard stick - I get a flashback.
  12. I was admonished, by my mother, that if we wanted to continue hitchhiking to the beach then we had to take my best friend's older brother because he was 13. We were 11 at the time. We had lots of firearm fun in the canyon near us. The local cops didn't have a helicopter so we could always see them driving up and go out a back trail. Closer to the house we used BB guns to hunt the rabbits in a farmer's strawberry field. He caught us and once we explained what we were doing, he said he'd give us 25 cents for each rabbit, but only for 10 a week as his family would revolt if he made them eat too much rabbit! Firecrackers, bottle rockets and the only thing I ever got in big trouble for: the infamous "Auto Fooler"
  13. A fair amount of what I listen to is based on memories of events and concerts. This last weekend I listened to "Switched on Bach", by Walter (later Wendy) Carlos. My father was very progressive, for his time, but steeped in antiquity so I was exposed to a variety of influences that were considered mainstream to extreme - Bela Bartok, Lou Reed, John Cage, and many more. This did bring up a lot of varied emotions as I saw his performance live, in concert at the Hollywood Bowl. We always arrived very early for the purpose of easy parking and a picnic dinner. I was oblivious to the then raging Vietnam conflict, but remember vividly wandering down to the stage before the concert (being a young boy of less than ten years) and becoming petrified by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Hershy_Bar who was ranting about things of which I had no concept. For safety I was whisked away backstage (far away from my parents - in the proletarian seats), by someone I assumed was security. A man named "Bob" asked me if I was ok and helped me back to my seat. My father later explained to me that the nice may named "Bob" was Robert Moog. A half an hour later the concert started and I was basically bored to death. Oh well...sorry dad.
  14. If that is a mirror then this is likely a rear-view mirror aftermarket accessory from the 1920's. I've seen many weird variations, but never this one.
  15. Let's not forget our (relatively) recently departed friend.
  16. I had a friend who was on R&R during the Tet Offensive and had this done in Bangkok for US$4. I swear it was a friend.
  17. Malcom Forbes was a hero. I would collect Faberge Easter eggs.
  18. Yes, the Punch Black Prince. Still have a few left. It's almost criminal how cheap they were at the time. When you have more than one Prince of Wales
  19. Pardon my lack of ability to focus on the politics. Now religion though! Would those more schooled in the religious aspects of why someone named Vlad from Russia would want to possibly regain Kiev - and see himself as another Vlad from Rus Land - care to chime in?
  20. I'm not convinced that Habanos SA is able to accurately date a box they did not produce and "1957" is a great year to choose if you want to sell a box and have it legal in all countries. Sure maybe they got the date from the person they received it from and just repeated it and then M. Orchant just repeated it and if you say something three times is becomes true.😉 The only evidence we have is "Hecho en Cuba" and your mention of a post-revolution warranty stamp on another box. That would point me towards post-revolution, but the age of some of the examples you show doesn't necessarily fit in that era. I'm not a collector of cigar bands, but there may be something there that could help. All of this conjecture goes out the window if the packaging was produced in another country - for sale in that country. (The Partagas and Ramon Allones jars come to mind as examples of foreign-made packaging. There are many more modern examples, of course.) I've yet to see a box of pre-revolution cigars out of Cuba that said "Hecho en Cuba". Not that it couldn't exist - maybe for the Spanish market? That's not to say it couldn't have been produced both before and after, but as you mentioned - that is rare. There are a few things here that are odd though. That single clasp is abnormal for a box of this size. They either use a different (slide) clasp or two of the ones shown. The general shape and quality (of the box and the printing) doesn't seem like something that they spent a lot of time on. The strong bevel on the lid is another thing that stood out to me. Possibly only for the Spanish market, or duty-free in Spanish-friendly countries. Maybe the box was made in Spain and packaged there? Even the similar Humidor No.1 looks better finished and has the latch I would expect on this. Fun to examine the possibilities.
  21. In my experience “Hecho en Cuba” indicates post-revolution. That and the lack of embellishment would lead me to guess late 1960’s or even early 1970’s. Possibly a varieties box commissioned for sale in Spain.
  22. When they draw the box code with a felt pen...

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