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Object ID 001551

Object Name La Palina Cigar Box

Object Desc Wooden Cigar box with metal latch. Shows 7 different sizes/styles of La Palina cigars. Tax stamp shows cancellation date of 1913.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001272

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Tobacco Products


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Tobacco Exhibit Red Table

Object Date 1913

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

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

Title La Palina Cigar Box

Description Stained wooden cigar box with 7 pairs of different styles of cigars: Rositas, Excellentes, Special Value, Triangulares, Panetelas, Favoritas, and their standard size. Top cover has a portrait of a woman under the brand name. Underside of top cover has the same portrait with "La Palina," but colored. Ornate paper trim around the box, with repeating brand name printed. 1901 series tax stamp with 1913 cancellation date.


Approx Collection Date

Height 1.25

Length 10

Width 6

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

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. Sam was a turn-of-the-century master craftsman and would sit in the window every day rolling cigars. 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.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY1272



Date FEB 20,2014

Summary Poor

Assessor Ben Locke

Notes The box is in very rough shape. Exterior of the box has been extensively repaired with scotch tape, which appears to be one of the few things holding it together. Lots of scratching and edgewear. Interior still has cigars intact, along with the color portrait and brand name.


Date FEB 21,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 7, Shelf 2 from Cabinet 1, Shelf 8 - automatic entry by admin

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 Red Table from Room 7, Shelf 2 - automatic entry by admin