Object ID 000548
Object Name La Palina Excellente Cigar Box
Object Desc Ornately decorated cigar box, with attached lid that opens. Empty box. Advertising on outside of box, and inside. The portrait of a women in Spanish regalia is the emblem of the company. Box is made of wood, and is covered in colorful paper. "Excellente"
Collection General Collection
Accession # CMY000527
General Category History
Category Tobacco Products
Source Category Found In Collection
Accession Date JAN 1,1991
Location Tobacco Exhibit East Shelf 4
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Status On Exhibit
Object Keywords cigars,tobacco,Congress Cigar Co.,La Palina Excellente,boxes,smoking,
Title La Palina Excellente Cigar Box
Description Ornately decorated cigar box, with attached lid that opens. Empty box. Advertising on outside of box, and inside. The portrait of a women in Spanish regalia is the emblem of the company. Box is made of wood, and is covered in colorful paper. "Excellente" is written in white on a black back ground on the inside lid, just below the portrait of the women. It says, "Now 5 cents, The Congress Cigar Company Guarantees this cigar to be made of even higher grade tabacco than the excellente that sold in the Seven Hundred Millions at 10 cents."
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Place of Origin
Maker Congress Cigar Company
Maker Details The Congress Cigar Company run by Sam Paley. Sam Paley's wife, Goldie Drell Paley, appeared in Spanish costume on cigar box interior and exterior images. Liberally translated from Spanish, "La Palina" is derived from "the female Paley", hence the portrait used in marketing the product.
Date MAR 18,2013
Assessor Hannah Lartz
Notes The outside the box has paper worn away mostly around the corners, and edges. The stamp seal is mostly worn away. There is a dark stain near the top center of the box. Inside of the box is very stained, spots of brown dot the bottom mostly.
Date MAR 25,2014
Summary Location change
Notes Location changed to Tobacco Exhibit East Shelf 4 from Tobacco Exhibit - automatic entry by admin