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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

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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

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

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      Echo Phoenix 5 years ago

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

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      Auntie-M LM 6 years ago

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

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      myamya 6 years ago

      amazing lens! squidlikes!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

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

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      hirephp lm 6 years ago

      very vintage cigar thanks for sharing this lens

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      lilymom24 6 years ago

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

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      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.

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      bjslapidary 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.

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      Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

      I enjoy vintage art on just about anything. Lovely.

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      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.

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

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

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      WriterJanis2 6 years ago

      Never thought of collecting them. These are very cool.