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Object ID 001558

Object Name Bayuk Philadelphia Perfecto cigar box

Object Desc Cardboard cigar box with hinged lid and paper label for Bayuk Philadelphia Perfecto Cigars. Logo on top. with faux wood pattern.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001938

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Tobacco Products


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Tobacco Exhibit East Shelf 2

Object Date 1945

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords cigars,tobacco,Philadelphia Perfecto,Bayuk Cigars Inc.,cigar boxes,Bayuk Phillies,smoking,

Title Bayuk Philadelphia Perfecto cigar box

Description Cardboard box with paper label and hinged lid for Bayuk Philadelphia Perfecto Cigars. Faux wood patter with red accents on edges to imitate wood cigar boxes. Logo on top of lid. Tax stamp at left edge. Right and left sides of box are red with "Phillies" on it. On right edge, piece of paper glued on with text Walt. Elg. Ill. Dials". Bottom of box has Factory No. info. Inside lid has logo with blue box with white text. At lower right corner of lid piece of paper with "16" on it adhered with tape.


Approx Collection Date

Height 2.5

Length 0

Width 8.75

Depth 5.5

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 0



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Bayuk Cigars, Inc.

Maker Details

Maker Mark Factory No. 550 - 1st Dist., Pennsylvania


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Image Caption CMY1938



Date FEB 21,2014

Summary poor

Assessor BN

Notes Overall, paper is worn with loss on edges. Fraying of cardboard on edges. Labeling is dirty and stained throughout. On front of box and lid there are two pieces of yellowed cellophane paper. Loss at left from piece of tape. Tax stamp at left is creased and folded, loos at top of stamp. Hinge of lid is torn and fragile. Paper adhered to right side of box, not original. Bottom of box is worn with scratches at bottom edge and at right edge near center. On the interior, box is stained and dirty. Cellophane tape on interior of lid at lower right corner attaching piece of paper, yellowed.


Date MAR 4,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 7, Shelf 22 from Room 7, Shelf 2 - 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 East Shelf 2 from Room 7, Shelf 22 - automatic entry by admin



Date FEB 21,2014

Notes Sam, Max, and Meyer Bayuk started the Bayuk Bros. Cigar Co. in 1896 in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Hand Made Perfecto was introduced in 1910. This cigar became commonly known as "Phillies". In 1920, they became Bayuk Bros., Inc and by 1923 they changed the name to Bayuk Cigars, Inc. Phillies were sold in tin boxes of 50 cigars starting in 1922 until World War II. During the Depression the price was dropped from 10 to 5 and it became the number one brand in the U.S.