8/30/2006

Tobacco Museum: Cigar Rings and Playing Cards

Teresa de Jesús Torres Espinosa

Havana, Aug 25 (Prensa Latina) Cigar rings, postcards and playing cards mix in an exhibition at the Tobacco Museum called Coleccionando (Collecting), where everything surrounds tobacco as the symbol of the Cuban national identity.

A close look at the sample, open to the public during the months of August and September on one of the galleries of the Museum of Tobacco, reveals different compositions from Danís Mederos Rivero, who establishes a kind of game with tobacco rings and creates wonderful pictures with images, which could as well adorn an office, the living room or the dormitory of a child.

Advertisements from cigars and postcards from Brazil, from the beginning of the 20th Century, French match cases, Chilean playing cards, ashtrays and wooden as well as cardboard boxes from different brands of Havana cigars, such as Guantanamera, Cohíba, Partagás, Montecristi and Romeo y Julieta, are also integrated to the project that engages the collector Roberto Arango Soler.

From his personal collection, which comprises about 40 thousand tobacco rings from Cuba and 10 thousand from other countries, Arango Soler, who is also a cultural promoter, selected those which were related with playing cards with motives regarding the leave (the period from 1880-1953), from Mexico, the United States and Cuba.

Bachelor Zoe Nocedo, director of the Museum located in the old colonial mansion of Mercaderes number 120, in Old Havana, made good use of the opening of the exhibition to announce numerous activities to be held in the Museum of Tobacco during September, among them the vitofilia workshop and the space Talking With, which will include Roberto Zurbano, director of the Casa de las Américas editorial fund as a guest.

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