R.I.P. The Cigar Box Museum

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This is a fraction of the collection I put out on the street today:

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I couldn't take another photo when I had piled the top of our trashcan with about 60 cigar boxes, most of them American machine-made brands. I was too misty-eyed.

About half the boxes, all the good ones like El Verso and Topper and Muniemaker and Rigoletto---they're all gone by now. I only saved a very few. I chose to not be sentimental about them. If I were sentimental, I'd still have them. We don't have room in the lobby for a cigar box museum. R.I.P.
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A sad day, indeed. Another collection of tobacco memorabilia gone, but not forgotten.
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Nooooooo
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It pained me to get rid of these boxes. Many of them collected during the great CVS shutdown that we all remember and took advantage of.

I wrote to a number of small American machine-made companies and bought boxes of cigars from them, maybe, for some of them, their last customer. It's a business expense when you buy a box of cigars to display it in your lobby. All those boxes were empty after I went through them, but you can't buy empty cigar boxes. It was a catch-22. I wanted to make a museum but I had to buy boxes full of cigars. Winner-winner, chicken dinner and I wrote it all off my taxes.

I bought direct from the manufacturers off their rinky-dink 1992-designed website carts when I could. It was for a good cause. They were good cigars. 7 years later, all their phones have been disconnected. They are out of business.

Unfortunately, most people aren't interested in American machine-made cigar boxes. Go figure. I need to turn the Cigar Box Museum into something that makes money.

The museum has been in place for about 7 years. Except for me, nobody has spent much time studying it, and, to tell you the truth, I haven't looked at it often, recently. These are cigar brands from long ago---a whole 7 years! We live in a different world now.

I put the boxes on top of our trash can on the street, not in the trash can. I hoped that people would drive by and take boxes that appealed to them, put them to good use. So far, so good. People are taking the boxes. I trust they will have a nice home wherever they land.
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They make good supply boxes for elementary school kids. Pencils, glue, crayons.
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My Grandfather would have a wooden cigar box under the bench seat of his Galaxie 500 full of candy. Thank you for sharing, your like a memories machine lately.
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Kevin Keith wrote:
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So is this what you have been doing in your off time? Very nice.
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Kevin Keith wrote:
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They make good supply boxes for elementary school kids. Pencils, glue, crayons.
The best!
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