Friday, April 27, 2012

Blackstone Cigars, a Testament to Declining Fortunes

Someone needs to tell this ladies to lay off using so much eye shadow, the raccoon look won't be popular for another 50 years.  The ad is hilarious, sorry ladies, your gifts of socks and handkerchiefs are not appreciated, only the vampy vixen with with red dress and undershadow to match gets my heart because she comes bearing the gift of Blackstone cigars.  Also, I'm not really sure what's up with the green dress shirt worn with the Tux.  Men knew better than to wear anything other than white shirts with a tux, it wouldn't be until recent times and the abomination that is "Creative Dress" that men would start trying to look like extras from Shaft at dress events.

I could find little about the actual Blackstone Cigar Company other than the fact they date back to the early 1900's.  They have always been a machine made cigar made with Cuban filler up until the embargo and now made with Dominican floor sweepings and enhanced with flavors mostly found in children's cough medicine.  Apparently they were not part of the Tampa trade and were made elsewhere in the US although around 1919 they moved to Miami.  The are an indelible part of the panalopy of famous cigars though, or I should say famous drug store cigars at any rate.  Although I see them for sale around here I can't say I know anyone that buys them to actually smoke them rather than pick out the filler and use it for a blunt.  In this way they have fallen from grace to be ranked with such bottom barrel cigars as White Owls.

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