Thursday, October 8, 2009
Tampa Cigar Boxes and Labels
The cigar box collection at the Museum of Florida History is quite colorful and interesting and reminded me of Frank at Tampa Daily Photo. The front of this old box reads: Don Julian The Aristocrat of Tampa.
Brand-name paper labels used on the inside lids of cigar boxes exhibited detailed lithography and artistic patterns and also served to tie the cigar-making industry of Tampa to the local Cuban American community. There were many more of these labels on display, but I picked out the ones I liked the best. The first label features the old Tampa Bay Hotel. Click on any of these pictures to enlarge them so you can see the details.
The outside of a cigar box on display at the Museum of Florida History.