American Protectorate Inner Cigar Box Label
Embossed label with James Monroe, commemorating the Monroe Doctrine.
- 6.50 x 10.00 inches in size.
- Printed in the 1910s.
- Near mint condition, a few handling marks.
This is an original cigar box label, NOT a reproduction, NOT an art print or color copy. Cigar boxes were ornately decorated with a larger inner label pasted on the lid, a top sheet that went on top of the cigars, for the inside of the box. The outer, generally 4x4 size, and the smaller labels often referred to as nail tags, sealed the outside of the cigar box. This label comes from a warehouse find, left over labels at a cigar factory that were never used. Many of these were gathered up in the 1970-80's. Factories almost always had left over labels since if you didn't have labels to put on the cigar boxes, you couldn't sell your cigars.