The Anillas

According to statements appearing in encyclopedias and books about the cigar, it is been established that the origin of the anillas dates from 4 centuries, approximately. It is supposed that the anilla precedent was a paper strip, which was placed in a little section of the cigar head, by the 17 century.

This is so, probably because in Cuba the cigar was smoked wet, and the period elegant people liked to hold it by this strip because they did not want to have their gloved fingers stained and this way avoided the contact. The strip spoiled the Habano, being unattractive. For that reason the anilla was the solution they found and nowadays it is known as such. It is known that the fist printed anilla was made by the branch Aguila de Oro, of the manufacturer H. Antón Brook between 1830 and 1835. Some years later, the cigar factories were identified with a special kind of anilla.

Besides, some of them were edited especially for some important smokers and in 1858, when finishing the hanging of the first lines that linked telegraphically America with Europe, the first commemorative anillo was printed, which later became a regularization. In this opportunity, in the core of the anilla a picture of Field, who led such works, appeared.

The anillas, known as sortijas or vitolas too, as well as the rest of the lithographic samples, were printed using the lithographic technique. Generally, the anilla has in its core a circle where an allegory is reproduced, and in its sides the name of the manufactures and other data are exhibited.