The Smokin' Book of Cigar Box Art & Designs: More Than 100 of the Best Labels from the John & Carolyn Grossman CollectionPaperback
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- Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing
- Format: Paperback | 128 pages
- Dimensions: 188mm x 226mm x 10mm | 386g
- Publication date: 1 October 2012
- Publication City/Country: East Petersberg
- ISBN 10: 1565235460
- ISBN 13: 9781565235465
- Illustrations note: full colour throughout, includes photographs
- Sales rank: 546,980
This book contains some of the most beautiful and fascinating lithographed images ever printed on cigar box labels. With topics like transportation, sports figures, women and more, you'll have a glimpse into a bygone era when the cigar box was the king of the advertising industry. The gorgeous detailed work shown in this book will amaze you.
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John Grossman is the owner of one of the world's largest collections of museum-quality artifacts and ephemera from the Victorian and Edwardian eras. He is the co-author of A Victorian Scrapbook, Joy to the World, A Victorian Christmas and We Wish You a Merry Christmas, all published by Workman. Most recently, he is the author of Christmas Curiosities.
"Commercial art is usually considered on another level than art for the sake of art, but the art of the cigar box held true in the minds of antique collectors. "The Smokin' "Book of Cigar Box Art & Designs" chronicles the history of what took these cigar boxes into something more than a place to stash cigars. Collecting the 100 best labels from the John & Carolyn Grossman Collection, and reproducing them in full color, and divided by subject. "The Smokin' Book of Cigar Box Art & Designs" is a must for those who enjoy the style of these late nineteenth and early twentieth century treasures."
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Fascinating Commercial Art That Defined American Culture In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, more than 5 billion cigars were sold in the United States in boxes with color labels depicting everything from women, animals, and sports icons to actors, heroes, and political figures. These cigar box labels were not only amusing and evocative; they were also a testament to the printing process of chromolithography, and an important precursor to today's product advertising. The Smokin' Book of Cigar Box Art & Designs gives you a glimpse into the unique collection of artist and ephemera collector John Grossman, which covers 90 years of cigar box labels printed by four generations of George Schlegel Lithographers. What makes this archive special is that the Schlegel company was one of the few lithography companies to keep meticulous sample files illustrating an unbroken record of American graphic style evolution. Now housed at the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library in Delaware, The John and Carolyn Grossman Collection provides a revealing look into life at the turn of the century. This book offers a rare look at the most beautiful and compelling examples of these masterpieces of early commercial art. InsIde you'll fInd a colorful gallery of vIntage labels, IncludIng: - Amusing Animals - Wild West - Everyday America - Famous People-Politicians, Actors & Actresses, Sports Icons, Heroes - Historical Events - Humor - Landmark Buildings - Transportation - Exotica