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was divided into 66 tax districts with less than 175 officials given the difficult task of enforcing all tobacco excise tax regulations in the country.In 1872 they finally set specific size and design rules for Caution Notices and IDs.50 (owned by the Lichtenstein Bros.) one of New York City’s largest cigar factories, producer of 4,500 boxes of cigars daily.Caution Notices were printed on separate pieces of paper and pasted on boxes until 1910 when the law required they be printed onto the bottom of every box, making it easy to date boxes as before or after 1910.The wording of the lines at the bottom also changes.an association of workers in cigar, cigarette and smoking tobacco factories, was granted the right to print a large stamp guaranteeing the Cuban origin of the contents.If you have only a fragment, look for  the line of English text at the top of the stamp;  the double line of foreign text at the bottom;  the raised panel with the “Para Tabacos Torcidos y Pacadura” text.The earlier stamps are 6mm longer, printed on a whiter paper and appear to be printed in a darker green ink. Both versions are considered ‘bank note quality’ engraving, unlike the stamps produced in the Castro era.
Cuban boxes can be dated relatively easily if they were imported into the U. If the box of cigars was smoked in Cuba or was exported to Canada, Europe or the rest of the world, the Cubans gave us a few other clues so those can be approximately dated too.Cigars were originally sold in bundles covered with pigs' bladders (with a pod of vanilla to improve the smell); then came the use of large chests, holding up to10,000 cigars. Upmann started shipping back cigars, for the use of its directors in London, in sealed cedar boxes stamped with the bank's emblem.When the bank decided to go, full-scale, into the cigar business, the cedar box took off as a form of packaging for all the major Havana brands, and all hand made cigars (though small quantities today are sometimes packages in cardboard cartons, and single cigars of many brands come in aluminum tubes lined with cedar).Cellophane is now used only for ICT machine-made Puritos.
Only one brand is currently available tissue-paper wrapped, the Fonseca.This multi-lingual strip has been pasted inside the box below the inner label on the back panel of Cuban boxes sold off island since the early 1930’s.