Nickel cigar brfands included: YORICK, CINGARO, PERSUADER, 5-A, SUNSET LIMITED, LITTLE YORKER and custom brands.Dime brands included: DUKE OF WESTMINSTER, ADMIRAL GHERARDI, GEN.
Cuban tobacco was always a premium item in limited supply made worse by the Cuban ten years war (1868 - 1878). They advertised “oblong, square and round tins, decorated and plain, in an exceptionally large range of shapes and sizes.”1880± William Tyler begins making cigars after purchasing the factory formerly operated by R. Underwood on Pelham Street in Nottingham, England 1880 US Government requires reworded longer Caution Notice, emphasizing destruction of the stamp.
1880 Cigar Maker’s Union (CMIU) introduces the Union “Blue Label” a stamp to be applied on boxes of Union made cigars. See examples in Dating.1880 Cuba: Don José La Madrid Piedra and his brother Vicente start a cigar factory which within 20 years was the best known Cuban brand outside of Cuba itself. Wording of the new Notice ends “..such cases.” That wording is used unchanged until the late 1950s when tax stamps are no longer required.1880 Canadian Government issues new series of strip tax stamps, doing away with diamond and square shapes.
See Dating Canadian Cigar Boxes for more detail.1880 Cigarette consumption rises to half billion against six billion cigars.
During this decade, cigarettes made with Turkish tobaccos blended with U. burley overtake Cuban cigarettes in popularity in Europe because they were cheaper and more available. Sold and known on every continent except Antarctica.1880 Ernest Taylor founds the Breeze Lane Works in Liverpool, England, specialists in high class decorated tins for the cigarette and tobacco trade.
Upmann, Caliope, Paz de China, Confederacion Suiza, La Española, A. Arango, Por Larrañaga, Jose Morales and Cabarga y Cia.1879 Inventory taken at Heppenheimer & Maurer, one of the more important New York City lithographic establishments specializing in cigar labels, included 25,000 registered lithographic stones, 7,000,000 cigar labels, 725 different cigar box edgings created by 22 on-the-premises artists plus Mr.
Maurer himself.1879 Warren Beck & Brother establish El Mundo Cigar Factory in York, PA, to make exclusively for the jobbing trade.1878 Because of his role in the 1877 strike, Samuel Gompers is blacklisted and unable to find work for four months in a city with nearly 1,000 cigar factories.Puts severe strain on pregnant wife and four kids.1878 Advertising circular from British importer quotes a government document claiming that many so-called Havana cigars "are composed of 'sugar, alum, lime, meal, rhubarb leaves, saltpetre, fuller's earth, chromate of lead, peat, moss, common burdock leaves, salt, lamp black, and dyes,' and are occasionally steeped in strong tobacco water to give them a flavour." 1878 British publication lists their selection of “the best Cuban brands”: Partagas, La Intimidad, Cabañas, Villar y Villar, El Gaucho, Henry Clay, H.WARREN, MARCANA, LA RESPONDER, LA CANTIDAD and various custom brands. Louis Louisiana Purchase Exposition.1879 Cigar tobacco production in Pennsylvania hits 36,900,000 pounds, making PA the largest grower of cigar tobacco and third largest tobacco growing state.New York state added another 6,480,000 pounds to the nation’s cigar tobacco crop.1880 Canadian Government issues new series of strip tax stamps, doing away with diamond and square shapes.Blue was a compromise between the white label used in San Francisco and the red label used in St. Stamps now color coded in green, red, black or blue according to where the tobacco came from.