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Monday, 06 January 2014

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Are you interested in the history of cigar boxes?  Then keep reading!

In this highly informative article, we are going to talk about a long time love of mine - the cigar box. We'll talk about their history and creation, and how they have changed throughout the years. Whether you are a box collector or a casual smoker, knowing the rich history of your favorite past-time will help you enjoy your smokes more. So sit back and relax and get ready to think outside the box.

If you know me, you know I am a big history buff, especially when it comes to the unusual. If that history has to do with my beloved tobacco - even better. I can talk endlessly about cigar brands and labels, cigar artwork, even the history of tobacco itself. The tobacco industry has such a rich past and almost every art of it has a significant meaning. Hell, even the beloved cigar shop Indian has a past. Maybe we will talk about that some day too.

There isn't enough space in an article or even a book to adequately cover the history of cigar boxes - much less the making of them - so I will be lightly brushing over how they got started and some of the different types, alongside how they were manufactured over the years.

Today, cigar manufacturers have so many ways to get their name out there, it is almost overwhelming. They can host events and pow-wows (see what I did there?), advertise in mailers, on the radio and television, in newspapers and magazines. They can post a blog, have reviews written, create websites, blab on and on about it on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media outlets. Hell, some even take to YouTube to try and create viral videos. It’s never-ending and sometimes it’s even oversaturated.

But back in the day, there weren't so many options. You had word of mouth. Eventually some smart folks came up with the bright idea to put a big wooden Indian outside of their shops so people would know that this particular proprietor sold tobacco (okay, so there is a little more to that story, but that's the basic idea behind it).

Still though, this wasn't branding - it was just a way for people to easily identify what type of store they were looking at. I wonder if they put leprechauns outside of whiskey stores?






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0 # honest abeacid 4 all 2014-04-23 09:59
a couple of typos in the cigar box article and I don't think abe was around in 1964....

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