"EL BUEN TONO"
1903

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.
cigarette makers
Not all Mexican cigarettes were produced in factories. The old postcard pictured below features Indian women hand rolling cigarettes in a plaza.
cigarette makers



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