Cigar label collection. 1889-2007; 1889-1898 predominant.
374 lithographs of cigar labels with price lists, a cigar box and lid,
notebook with cigar bands, and 4 collector guides.
This collection consists primarily of illustrative labels from cigar
boxes manufactured by cigar companies in the United States in the last
decade of the nineteenth century when cigar companies became aware of
the importance of advertising their products to a large number of discriminating
cigar smokers. The major companies were: Geo. S. Harris & Sons,
Lith. Phila.; L.E. Neumann & Co.; Schumacher & Ettinger N.Y.;
and Schmidt & Co. With regard to Canadian cigar companies, Adam
Beck. London Ont. is represented, and there is also a box lid from Joseph
Winterhalt of Berlin (now Kitchener), Ont. The labels were lithographed
with original designs and often patriotic motifs: young women, historical
figures, heroes of battles, native people, sports and leisure, Cuba
and the Caribbean, and events of the day. For more information on the
manufacture of cigar labels and their collecting, see Mark Trouts
Essential Background Information for the Collector of Cigar-Label
Art in the 2007 edition of The Price Guide Book of Cigar Label
Title based on the contents of the collection.
The collection (65-2010) was acquired from Lorne Shields on 19 May 2010.
Finding aid available electronically.
There are no access restrictions.
No further accruals are expected.