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New Book: "Labeling America: Popular Culture on Cigar Box Labels"

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, 20 Jul 2011

We just got this new book sent to our office, Labeling America: Popular Culture on Cigar Box Labels, and it is a great collection of old commericial artwork and how elaborate tobacco companies used to present their products. The range of years covered are 1849—1971.

If you look back at the history of tobacco art, they really didn't any rules in which to play with, except to make their artwork look great. They used college football players, professional baseball players (see the most famous/valued baseball card in existence, the 1909-11 T206 Honus Wagner card), famous generals from the Civil War, presidents, actors, and aristocrats. Need Oliver Twist on your cigar box? They did it. Lord Howe? He was there, too.


Published by Fox Chapel Publishing.


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