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Samuel David and Company
Much of this label is filled with gold inlay.
Around the turn of the 20th century, cigars were advertised and sold mainly by the colourful, intricate labels that adorned the boxes. Intense competition encouraged manufacturers to see who could create the most beautiful, eye-catching labels.
A different stone was required to print each colour. It was not unusual for as many as 20 stones to be used to create a single label. The register for each printing had to be perfect.The process became known as STONE LITHOGRAPHY or CHROMOLITHOGRAPHY.Once this exacting printing process was completed, the labels were then gilded with hand-applied gold leaf. Finally, the labels were embossed using huge 30-ton presses.
According to Joe Davidson, the eminent American art dealer and collector, the "Golden Era" of cigar labels is associated with the introduction of gilding and embossing in the 1890's up to the late 1920's when the less attractive full-colour or photo-mechanical labels began to appear.
Genuine gold leaf was used primarily by German and Cuban printers and "bronzing" in which bronze powder was mixed with lacquer or sizing, applied like ink, then burnished with brushes or polished rollers to make them gleam like gold.
These particular labels were produced by the German factory, Gerhard Meinesz in Bentheim, near the Dutch border, and closed in 1932. The labels were used during the 1920's.
Internet distribution rights are extended by the owner of the original to PALMM for use in the Ephemeral Cities project. This image may not be commercially reproduced without permission.
Label ( Documentary Artifact, Communication Artifact )
Samuel I. Davis & Co. (900 N. Howard Avenue)
[Harritos: Tampa, Fla.; a cigar of Samuel Davis and Company.]
Hillsborough County (Fla.)
t Tampa Cigar Industry and Art Collection