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Object ID 001634

Object Name La Palina Senator Cigar Box

Object Desc Cigar Box for La Palina Senator Cigars.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001325

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 1953

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

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

Title La Palina Senator Cigar Box

Description Cream colored wooden/cardboard box of La Palina "Senator" cigars. Red print and gold accents on the front and sides of box. Lid reads "La Palina/Cigars/Senator." Colored image of woman in regalia on lid. Blue tax stamp series 122 (1953) on lid and front side. Front reads "La Palina Senator." All sides read the same.Inner label reads "La Palina/The Quality Cigar/Since 1896." Inside box reads "La Palina Senator" in gold colored print. Bottom of box has factory/notice.


Approx Collection Date

Height 1.5

Length 9

Width 5.5

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details Dimensions are taken as follows: Height: bottom to (closed) lid of box Length: short end to short end of box Width: long end to long end of box

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Congress Cigar Company

Maker Details In 1896 Sam Paley 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


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Image Caption CMY001325

Description La Palina Senator Cigar Box


Date MAR 4,2014

Summary Fair

Assessor Cassie Coffey

Notes Overall the box's print and images are in good condition. The tax stamp is present and readible, but has been torn. Box is empty and needs some cleaning on inside and out. Some discoloring and wear on lid and edges of box. Accession Number on inside of box.


Date MAR 4,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 7, Shelf 2 from Room 7, Shelf 23 - 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 2 - automatic entry by admin