Churchill's cigars transcript

This transcript accompanies the 'Churchill's cigars' short film from the Seized! gallery.

Cuba has long been associated with the production of fine Havana cigars.

Churchill was never seen without a cigar. "They expected it", as he said, pausing to light up before facing his public

Import duty of 18 shillings and one penny per pound of tobacco was levied on cigar importation in 1930, which made the finest cigars a luxury item.

The letter seen here is a request to the head of Customs and Excise, asking how much duty needs to be paid for a box of 1,000 Cuban cigars, imported from New York.

Winston Churchill was so famous for smoking large cigars that a size was named after him. A typical Churchill cigar measures 18cm long and 5cm circumference.