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Object ID 001559

Object Name Bayuk Philadelphia Perfecto cigar box

Object Desc Cardboard box with hinged lid and paper label for Bayuk Phildelphia Perfecto cigars. Faux wood pattern with red edges.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001939

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Tobacco Products


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Tobacco Exhibit East Shelf 4

Object Date 1949

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

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

Title Bayuk Philadelphia Perfecto cigar box

Description Cardboard box with hinged lid and paper label. Faux wood patter with red edges and text "Phillies". Tax stamp at lid at lower left. Company logo on top of lid for product. Left and right sides of box are red with white text, On left is a piece of paper adhered with text in pencil "18s Ball". Bottom of box has factory No. information. The tax class statement at at top center on bottom of box has been blacked out and another one written to the right for Class E instead of A. Interior of box has labeling on interior of lid with logo and blue box below.


Approx Collection Date

Height 1.5

Length 0

Width 8.88

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 CMY1939



Date FEB 21,2014

Summary poor

Assessor BN

Notes Overall, paper is dirty and worn. edges are worn with loss and cardboard is fraying. On lid loss at top left and right corners of paper. Tax stamp at left is torn with loss on bottom. White accretion on top of stamp. Sticker at center of lid at bottomedge is worn. At left side of box there is a piece of paper adhered to entire side with writing in pencil, continues to back of box. Bottomo f box is worn with scratches and dents at lower and upper edges. Interior of box is dirty. Label on interior of lid is rippled from glue.


Date FEB 28,2014

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 4 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.

Date FEB 21,2014

Notes The original Tax Code for Class A was blacked out and a new stamp for Class E was put directly to the right. Price inside lid does say 10c rather than 5c.