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The Last of the New York Cigar Rollers

1990, 13 mins.

Slices of life in New York City. A short film.

The Last of the New York Cigar Rollers

For many years the art and craft of hand-rolled cigars was an important industry in New York City, employing tens of thousands of workers from many nations. Today, the practice is nearly extinct. The last three men in New York who roll cigars by hand demonstrate and explain their craft, art form, and history.


(For more information on this subject please read Karen Kramer’s article on the history of cigar rolling in New Yorks)
When New York Rolled its Own [pdf]

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