Here is a selection of beautiful samples of the chromolithographic printer’s art, applied to cigar boxes.
They seem to be speculative samples that were sent out to North American cigar packers around 1880 -1910, judging by the costumes.
While it’s fortunate that whoever runs the Brasilian website containing these images has gone to the trouble of collecting and showing them to us, it’s a pity that there’s such a heavy handed application use of elliptical cutouts that often spoil the presentation.
Naturally, I was attracted to the more bizarre images….
(As usual, please click the small pictures to enlarge them.)
Cuba. Home of the fine cigar.
Don’t they smoke stogies, rather than cigars?
Cow Girl, surely???
Hey, have a Segar before you blow your horn solo…
“Easy on the terrible puns, please…”
“A woman is an occasional pleasure but a cigar is always a smoke.” – Groucho Marx
A brilliant, almost 21st Century, brand name on this one, and the best ampersand I’ve seen in ages.
I’m curious about what the little girl is doing with the dog, though. Doesn’t that amount to abuse?
“*Cough* O.K. Get your coat: – you’ve pulled. *Cough*”.
I can’t even conjecture what might be happening here, nor guess its association with cigars.
Let’s move along swiftly to the next please….
The connection with cigars becomes increasingly abstruse as you plough through this collection of cigar box labels. …. Next!
Is this one of the people who is posing such a threat to the US Army in Iraq at the moment? If so, it’s a damn’ fine disguise!
The Man. “The first sample is free, kids…”
Here are some links. (They don’t obey any known logic system. That I know of.)