>Inside the century-and-a-half-old H. Upmann cigar company, among the most famous manufacturers of Cuban cigars
Above, a worker packages cigars at the H. Upmann cigar factory during the 13th
annual Cigar Festival in Havana, Cuba, on Thursday, February 24, 2011. Cigar
enthusiasts from around the world flocked to Cuba during the last week of February, visiting
tobacco plantations and cigar factories and sampling new kinds of cigars.
According to Cubans: The Ultimate Cigars, by Wil Mara, the world-famous H. Upmann brand was started by two German brothers, Herman and August Upmann, in 1844, when the brothers opened a cigar store in Havana. The company makes dozens of varieties of cigars in Cuba, some handmade, others machine-made.
More from inside the factory:
Top photo: Franklin Reyes/AP
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Daniel Fromson, a former associate editor at The Atlantic, is a writer based in Washington, D.C. He writes regularly for The Washington Post. His work has also appeared in Harper's Magazine, New York,and Slate.