Although you may find a box or two from the 1940’s, most of these small (roughly 4” x 5”) cardboard boxes date from the 1950’s and 60’s, the height of popularity for that size cigar.

        This exhibit makes no pretense of being high art or great packaging.

It’s here for the record.

This unusual ad compares the 1958 cigarillo-making machine with space travel.

Weird? Maybe. Maybe not. The dramatic image forces viewers to read the ad copy.

The market for cigarillo machines, even during the cigarillo-boom of the 1950s and 60s,

must have been small.


Cardboard Cigarillo Boxes

A National Cigar History Museum Exhibit 

© Tony Hyman

Modified: November 13, 2010

Addition: July  29, 2011

Addition: June 30, 2012