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post #1 of 16 Old 11-16-2009, 10:35 PM Thread Starter
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How much did a cigar cost in 1937?

My Dad smoked his last cigar in 1937 at the age of around 20. He had a part in a play & a prop was a cigar. As he nervously paced backstage, he puffed & chewed the cigar furiously. By the end of his appearance in the play, he was sick as a dog & had to practically knock people down to get to the alley door to blow chunks. A wise lady stuck a piece of cake in his mouth upon his return (she had to have known that sugar is an antedote for nicotine poisoning). He now gets mildly ill (at age 92) just thinking about smoking a cigar.

The cigar was probably machine made somewhere in the USA with Cuban & Pennsylvanian or Connecticut tobaccos. It probably cost a nickel, or a dime.

A few years back, I was showing him some cigars in my caddy. I picked up a closeout I'd gotten cheap & said, "I paid 60 cents for this one," proudly displaying my buying thriftiness.

"YOU PAID 60 CENTS FOR A CIGAR?!?!" he said, & looked at me like I had spent the bread & milk money on heroin.

I don't talk to my Dad about cigars any more. LOL

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post #2 of 16 Old 11-16-2009, 10:50 PM
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Re: How much did a cigar cost in 1937?

Either 5cents

or 2 for 5 cents


I got these pics from the Naval Air Museum in Pensacola FL. There is a mock-up town from the 30s or 40s or 50s.......... but these were in there... the cigars in the box looked super old and dry though!!

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Re: How much did a cigar cost in 1937?

I have an old box from the 1930s-1940s not sure called Spanish Crooks, they were handmade cigars from PA.. the box said they were $.5 each...

Thats a cool story though thanks for sharing
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Re: How much did a cigar cost in 1937?

When I started smoking cigars in 1969 they were about 50 cents for a handrolled one. The store bought ones like Dutch Masters and Garcia y Vega were around $2 for a 5 pak. If you were a "high roller" who smoked imported cigars they went for about $2 each but they were some great cigars, too. I talked to my grandfather and in the 30's during the Depression cigars were a sign of excess money and it wasn't uncommon for others to walk by and pick up a cigar from the ground when it appeared to be barely smoked.

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Re: How much did a cigar cost in 1937?

Probably 5˘ or 10˘, but could have been a bit more. Many of the cigars in that time had Cuban tobacco in them. The US was the largest importer of Cuban "floor sweepings" up until the embargo and many domestic cigars were made of some or all Cuban tobacco.
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Re: How much did a cigar cost in 1937?

I don't know about the 30s but when I started smoking cigars in the late 1970s a good cigar was $1 to $2. Very few hit the $5 mark. It was kind of like that until about 1990. Then prices soared and I would say overall quality dropped. I do look back fondly on the 1980s.
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Re: How much did a cigar cost in 1937?

ha imagine you told him how much some people pay for a opus x box! thanks for the story
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post #8 of 16 Old 11-17-2009, 07:06 AM
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Re: How much did a cigar cost in 1937?

Show this thread to your dad, I am sure he will either leave you alone next time or have you committed


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Came across this link and had to keep rubbing my eyes. Now I have smoked some exotic and expensive cigars in my day but this one is out of my league. Without "dogging" the obvious maker of this brand what exactly constitutes the pricing of a cigar like this? Cognac can be expensive as we're all aware but c'mon man,,,at $750 each and $15K for a box?

Would like to hear some opinions that make sense.
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Re: How much did a cigar cost in 1937?

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Show this thread to your dad, I am sure he will either leave you alone next time or have you committed
LMAO! That's exactly what I was going to post!!!

Great story!! Thanks a lot for posting.
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post #10 of 16 Old 11-10-2019, 02:40 AM
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I came across an old cigar box and the only markings on the box were on the bottom!
Factory No..50
1st.Dist. Pa
Also the manufacturer label saying they’ve met the requirements
and a stamp saying manufactured to retail at more then 8 cents
and not more then 15 cents!
Can you tell me anything?
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