Object ID 001528
Object Name Certified Cremo Cigar Box
Object Desc Cremo cigar box containing all 50 original cigars, still wrapped and sealed in plastic.
Collection General Collection
Accession # CMY001252
General Category History
Category Tobacco Products
Source Category Found In Collection
Accession Date JAN 1,1991
Location Tobacco Exhibit East Shelf 1
Object Date 1932
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Status On Exhibit
Object Keywords Cremo,cigars,smoking,tobacco,boxes,
Title Certified Cremo Cigar Box
Description Paper covered wooden cigar box for Certified Cremo Cigars. Contains all 50 cigars, still plastic wrapped and sealed. It appears that this may have been a corporate display box, because there are no signs of a tax stamp being placed on the box, and the bottom does not have a sale warning. The top cover also does not indicate what type of Cremo cigars there are inside. Top cover has a wood pattern paper cover with an image of a man by the sea with the sunsetting in the background holding tobacco leaves. "Certified Cremo" printed above man, 3 gold medals on either side, and the phrase "The Cream of the Tobacco" is printed in the foreground of the scene. Front panel of the box reads "Certified Cremo." The right and left panels have the brand name with a picture of the man that appears on the top cover. Gray, red, and yellow trim lines all of the edges of the box, with "Certified Cremo" repeated. Same portrait of the man carrying tobacco leaves is located underneath the cover when opened.
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Maker Details The original Cremo Cigar, an icon of early America and the most successful cigar brand of the early 20th century, made a commitment to providing their customers with value. The company which rose out of beautiful Manhattan, New York City attained the largest sales of any cigar in its class. The brand was also famously linked to musician Bing Crosby in the early days of Broadcasting Radio. This box dates roughly to 1932, when Cremo started selling 3 cigars for 10 cents, as advertised underneath top cover.
Date FEB 19,2014
Assessor Ben Locke
Notes The box itself is still sturdy, the top lid is just slightly warped. All colors are still bright. All 50 cigars are still wrapped and sealed inside the box. Minor edgewear and small tears on the trim.
Date MAR 25,2014
Summary Status change
Notes Status changed to On Exhibit from On-Site Collection Storage - automatic entry by admin
Date MAR 25,2014
Summary Location change
Notes Location changed to Tobacco Exhibit East Shelf 1 from Cabinet 1, Shelf 4 - automatic entry by admin