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In the 1959 film version of Our Man in Havana, the streets of Havana are littered in signs with 4- and 5-digit numbers on them.

Here's an example:

Alec Guinness and Burl Ives talking at a bar in Our Man in Havana

Notice the "00260", "19072", and "42857" left of center, "33004" and "23584" in center-frame, and a "200?" at the right edge of the frame.

The signs are assembled in tall stacks on telephone poles, the sides of buildings, people carry them and even wear them.

What are they? Is it an accurate depiction of postpre-revolution Cuba? If so, what were they for? Is it there as a foil to the numeric codenames?

In the 1959 film version of Our Man in Havana, the streets of Havana are littered in signs with 4- and 5-digit numbers on them.

Here's an example:

Alec Guinness and Burl Ives talking at a bar in Our Man in Havana

Notice the "00260", "19072", and "42857" left of center, "33004" and "23584" in center-frame, and a "200?" at the right edge of the frame.

The signs are assembled in tall stacks on telephone poles, the sides of buildings, people carry them and even wear them.

What are they? Is it an accurate depiction of post-revolution Cuba? If so, what were they for? Is it there as a foil to the numeric codenames?

In the 1959 film version of Our Man in Havana, the streets of Havana are littered in signs with 4- and 5-digit numbers on them.

Here's an example:

Alec Guinness and Burl Ives talking at a bar in Our Man in Havana

Notice the "00260", "19072", and "42857" left of center, "33004" and "23584" in center-frame, and a "200?" at the right edge of the frame.

The signs are assembled in tall stacks on telephone poles, the sides of buildings, people carry them and even wear them.

What are they? Is it an accurate depiction of pre-revolution Cuba? If so, what were they for? Is it there as a foil to the numeric codenames?

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Why is Havana covered in 5-digit numbers in Our Man in Havana?

In the 1959 film version of Our Man in Havana, the streets of Havana are littered in signs with 4- and 5-digit numbers on them.

Here's an example:

Alec Guinness and Burl Ives talking at a bar in Our Man in Havana

Notice the "00260", "19072", and "42857" left of center, "33004" and "23584" in center-frame, and a "200?" at the right edge of the frame.

The signs are assembled in tall stacks on telephone poles, the sides of buildings, people carry them and even wear them.

What are they? Is it an accurate depiction of post-revolution Cuba? If so, what were they for? Is it there as a foil to the numeric codenames?