Cigar Industry of the U.S., 

1762 - 1962

The history of cigars, cigar boxes, cigar labels,  cigar making, cigar cutters, cigar premiums, cigar tools, cigar promotions,

and other things cigar in the U.S. + some Canada and Cuba.

An untold story...until now

Updated and corrected  April 28, 2013

I’m Tony Hyman. 
   Collecting twelve different cigar boxes one day in 1952 triggered a quest to discover how many different brands and boxes there were.
  60 years later, I can report it’s a surprising 2,000,000+.  
  Even more fascinating was learning cigar boxes were designed by THE pioneers in point-of-sale package design and used by THE pioneers of modern marketing. Their use of cutting edge technology and materials combined with an uncanny response to customers’ wants paved the way for all modern advertising.
  You will find 230 Exhibits containing thousands of boxes and photos, with more to come eventually. My History Museum is on hold as of March 2013.
Lots to enjoy already.

Read the Museum Story

You can begin 
 in three places:

Home Page        Outline        In Order


            HOME PAGE  
You’ll find links to FEATURE EXHIBITS like “Famous U.S. Brands,” “Women’s Rights on 1870’s boxes,” “Frauds, Fakes & Fantasies,” “Child Smokers” & “Interesting Things Made from Boxes.”
You’ll find links to 27 TOPICAL GALLERIES. Click on topics like     [1] Cigar Making & Selling, [2] Cigar Boxes & Labels, [3] How to  Date Boxes [4] How Taxes Began, [5] Give-aways & Premiums, [6] Novelty boxes, and 20 more. Each GALLERY opens your way into the Museum’s 230 EXHIBITS.  A click or two takes you anywhere in Hyman’s Cigar History Museum. 
            SITE OUTLINE 
You can scroll a LIST of 230 EXHIBITS in 27 GALLERIES, while one click away from everywhere in the Museum. The list of EXHIBITS is color-coded to help you find information you want.
             IN ORDER
You can scroll a LIST of EXHIBITS in the order they were added to the Museum, latest on top. As of 2013 additions to Hyman’s Cigar History Museum are temporarily on hold.