The 1903 photograph below pictures 'cigarette girls' working in El Buen Tono's Mexico City factory. Ernesto Pugibet, the Mexican industrialist who owned Compañía Cigarrera El Buen Tono, S.A., bought a "Bleriot" aeroplane to advertise the cigarettes that these women made. This early French airplane was flown by Miguel Lebrija, a famous Mexican aviator. By 1910, El Buen Tono, together with La Tabacalera Mexicana, produced over 60% of the cigarettes sold in Mexico.
Not all Mexican cigarettes were produced in factories. The old postcard pictured below features Indian women hand rolling cigarettes in a plaza.