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Object ID 001699

Object Name Key Westers cigar tin

Object Desc Tin for Key Westers cigars manufactured in Key West, Fl.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001359

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Tobacco Products


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Tobacco Exhibit North Shelf 2

Object Date

Start Year Range 1910

End Year Range 1942

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords E.H. Gato Cigar Co.,cigars,Key Westers,tobacco,smoking,tins,

Title Key Westers cigar tin

Description Oval-shaped tin for Key Westers cigars. Tin appears to have been yellow or cream colored with black and red print. Front and back read "E.H. Gato Cigar Co's/ Havana/Key Westers/[emblem] City of Key West Florida/Manufactured at Key West, Fla." Sides of tin have tax notice, factory information, and penalty notice. Bottom of tin has factory information imprinted. Tin is heavily oxidated and missing its lid. Tin has 4 inch tax stamp that is partially missing, a cancellation date is apparent but not readible.


Approx Collection Date

Height 4.5

Length 6.5

Width 4.5

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details Tin is oval shaped, and missing lid.

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker E.H. Gato Cigar Co.

Maker Details Located on 1100 Simonton Street at the corner of Simonton and Amelia Streets in Key West, Fla. The original factory was a three-story wooden building constructed in 1871. In 1915, the original building was destroyed by fire. Construction of a new fireproof factory was started in 1916 and completed in 1920. During the construction of the new factory, Eduardo Gato moved his operations to several buildings on the island that had been vacated by the cigar companies that had relocated to Tampa. To better the lives of his workers, he built a city of 40-cigar maker's cottages around his factory, started the first street car system, created a hospital and supported a baseball league. In 1894 the Gato Factory employed 500 workers and produced 70,000 cigars every single day. In December 1899 the factory output reached 400,000 cigars a week. From 1895 to 1900 Key West averaged $2,300,000 a year in cigar exports.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY001359

Description Key Westers cigar tin


Date MAR 11,2014

Summary Poor

Assessor Cassie Coffey

Notes Heavy oxidation on all parts of tin. Large dents in the sides of tin. Tax stamp is partially removed. Discolored label.


Date MAR 11,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 7, Shelf 24 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 North Shelf 2 from Room 7, Shelf 24 - automatic entry by admin