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Object ID 001550

Object Name La Palina Cigar Blunt Box

Object Desc Wooden/Paper cigar blunt box for La Palina.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001271

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Tobacco Products


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Tobacco Exhibit

Object Date

Start Year Range 1930

End Year Range 1931

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords Congress Cigar Co.,tobacco,La Palina Cigars,cigars,smoking,boxes,

Title La Palina Cigar Blunt Box

Description Cubical box for La Palina cigar blunts. Box is wooden with paper covering; paper is made to appear like wood grain. Box has angled lid which is hinged on back side with gold-colored hinges. The front of box has a clasp to close lid. Top of lid reads "La Palina/Cigar" with illustration of woman in regalia. Front reads "Blunts/Tax warning." Sides are blank except for R side tax stamp. Back is blank. Bottom has establishment date, factory info, and manufacturer info; hard to read because of scratches. Inner label is illustration of women with gold embellishments and reads "10c BLUNTS 10c." Whole box has red/blue/black/cream border reading "La Palina."


Approx Collection Date

Height 5.5

Length 5

Width 0

Depth 5

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details Dimensions above refer to closed box. Dimensions following refer to height of open box: Height: 9.5 "

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Congress Cigar Company

Maker Details In 1896 Sam opened a cigar shop of his own in Chicago with an adjacent factory that he named Congress Cigar Company. Their first product was La Palina, in honor of his wife Goldie Drell Paley. La Palina was his passion, and Sam was a true artisan who believed in quality, excellence and perfection. Congress Cigar Company moved to Philadelphia in 1910, and Samís son, William S. Paley, joined as Vice President of Advertising after his graduation from the Wharton School of Business. Ultimately, Congress Cigar was liquidated in 1926, after Samís retirement. However, in recent years the revival of La Palina was driven by Bill Paleyís desire for a signature luxury cigar for the Lightbourne House, the fabled Paley family retreat in the Bahamas. He worked with Avelino Lara, the expatriate Cuban Master Blender who created the famed Cohibas for Fidel Castro, on a cigar that would be emblematic of the original La Palina. La Palina continues to produce cigars today.

Maker Mark Woman in Regalia


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Image Caption CMY001271

Description La Palina Cigar Blunt Box


Date FEB 20,2014

Summary Fair

Assessor Cassie Coffey

Notes The box is in fair condition because of moderate scotch taping and scratces. The bottom is heavily scratched and interrupts readibility. Clasp does not seem to work on front. Hinges are in good condition. Inside of box has some warping of the paper.


Date FEB 20,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Cabinet 1, Shelf 10 from Cabinet 1, Shelf 8 - automatic entry by admin

Date FEB 21,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 7, Shelf 2 from Cabinet 1, Shelf 10 - automatic entry by admin

Date MAY 21,2014

Summary Status change

Notes Status changed to On Exhibit from On-Site Collection Storage - automatic entry by admin

Date MAY 21,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Tobacco Exhibit from Room 7, Shelf 2 - automatic entry by admin