It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s cigars with wings dropped by York-based promoters.

Barnstormer Karl Ort and sales manager Ray Paris used the novelty of aviation to sell their company’s cigars.
In the early days of flying, the York-based pair, tooling around in their DeHavilland plane, tossed cigars attached to parachutes to would-be customers on the ground.
This story with an enlarged photograph of Ort and Paris with their Manchester Cigar Co. DH6 is part of a transportation exhibit at the York County Heritage Trust’s Agricultural and Industrial Museum. For additional details on the early years of York County aviation, see
The exhibit tells the rest of the story… .

To gain attention, the pair sometimes dropped firecracker bombs, designed to explode in mid-air, from their Havana Cadet.
In one drop over Binghamton, N.Y., the firecrackers did not explode until they reached the ground.
Police noticed, and exacted a deal when the York County men landed their craft.
The aviators were ordered to distribute 100 cigars to the police force as payment.

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