HOW CIGARS WERE PACKED

Let me count the ways


A Cigar History Museum EXCLUSIVE 

© Tony Hyman



Uploaded: July 9, 2011

Prices added: August 11. 2011

Additional text and examples August 17, 2013

 
 

        The last step in making cigars is to pack them for sale. Both U.S. and Canadian law required that all cigars be packed in boxes, cans, jars, etc., and have paid taxes before they can be sold.

        Congress said nothing about HOW those cigars could be put in boxes: that left numerous choice. Horizontally, vertically or upright? Banded, not banded, foiled, tissued...or in glass or aluminum tubes? Bundled in 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s? or 9s? Wrapped together or in pockets? With other sizes and shapes?  With other colors of cigar? What inner label? What outer label? What should the edging say, if anything? Plain or decorated flap? ... front, side or floating? Nail tag or no?  NW, NWH, BN or custom box? What size boxes...25, 50 or 100s or other?  Box made of wood, cardboard, a hybrid, glass or other material?

        The ultimate variations are almost endless. This Exhibit does not attempt to show all the variations possible...for the practical reason few full boxes survived. This is to tantalize you with a few of those survivors (full, or partly so) from 1862-1962, the U.S. Civil War to the Cuban Embargo.


           

 

Packing cigars in boxes

        
Boxes with prices 
are for sale.

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