ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Cigar Box Labels

Updated on February 3, 2016

Collecting Cigar Box Art - Old and New

Collecting old cigar box labels is becoming increasingly popular. Some of these boxes were made of wood, paper or cardboard and beautifully decorated with illustrations.

They are becoming highly collectible as more and more people are becoming interested in them for the artwork depicted on them. The increase in attention has created a market both for the collections and the artwork.

There are many posters and books available depicting cigar box labels. This page is about collecting and purchasing cigar box labels and artwork. Want to make a Cigar Box Guitar?

Cigar Box Label catalog - O.L. Schwencke ca. 1905

Cigar History

This wonderful old catalog published around 1905 shows cigar box labels from O.L. Schwenke. The catalog has been digitally scanned and can now be viewed online. The cigar label art is stunning.

The images shown below are from the catalog and all the pictures of cigar boxes are in the public domain.

Some of the cigar labels from the book - Click on the thumbnails to enlarge

Click thumbnail to view full-size

Do you have a favorite cigar box label? - Or just leave a note to say you stopped by

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      Echo Phoenix 

      6 years ago

      very cool! I think cigar boxes are very interesting, they have their own voice:)

    • profile image

      Auntie-M LM 

      6 years ago

      I hate cigars, but I love the labels. The vibrant Cuban influence really glows.

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      amazing lens! squidlikes!

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      enjoyed this, thought the idea of this article was unique and I really enjoy the detail on these too.

    • hirephp lm profile image

      hirephp lm 

      6 years ago

      very vintage cigar thanks for sharing this lens

    • lilymom24 profile image


      6 years ago

      I love vintage art and you have a nice collection here.

    • Lee Hansen profile image

      Lee Hansen 

      6 years ago from Vermont

      I adore vintage advertising art, posters and labels. Mucha is one of my favorite artists from the art nouveau genre.

    • bjslapidary profile image


      6 years ago

      It's so amazing the art that they used. Love the vintage cigar boxes. Don't collect them, but do enjoy them and use them. Nice lens.

    • WildFacesGallery profile image


      6 years ago from Iowa

      I enjoy vintage art on just about anything. Lovely.

    • dotpattern profile image

      Pat Moire 

      6 years ago from West Village, New York City

      Quite partial to the Whitman Cigar box (but then, I'm biased.) They're all so beautiful. Excellent topic. Fruit crate labels are great too.

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      Not a favorite offhand - but I've always really enjoyed vintage advertising artwork!

    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      6 years ago

      Never thought of collecting them. These are very cool.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)