Free Vintage Cigar Labels

La-Globina-vintage-cigar-label While researching vintage cigar labels for this post, I tried to find an ethnically diverse cross-section of images. That was challenging, given the racial stereotypes prevalent in the period these labels come from.

Noble depictions of American Indians were abundant, yet degrading stereotypes existed in almost equal numbers. Cubans faired well, however, because as cigar makers they had more control over the packaging. I found only a few images of Asians — respectful or otherwise — and was surprised to not find more since travel to Asia was becoming popular in the era these images hail from. I also found that Europeans and people from the Middle East were generally portrayed in a positive light.

It was challenging, though, to find African American characterizations that didn’t make me cringe. I won’t describe some of the things I saw. Take my word for it; they were offensive. But that’s a reflection of the time the labels came from. Fortunately, I also was able to find some that presented African Americans in a respectful manner, and you’ll see those below.

Regardless of the subject, what impresses me most about these labels is that they’re such wonderful examples of fine art. It’s amazing to me that so much talent, time and effort was put into creating images that were eventually headed for the trash. Thankfully, some still live on in digital form!

Click a vintage cigar label image below to view and download a larger version:

Madam-Butterfly-Japanese-vintage-cigar-label Dick-Cop-vintage-cigar-label1 Indian-Princess-cigar-label
True-Color-vintage-cigar-label Non-plus-ultra-extra-fine-vintage-cigar-label1 Gran-Marca-de-Cigaros-vintage-cigar-label
Bengal-Sport-vintage-cigar-label1 Mutuel-vintage-cigar-label Happy-Fellow-vintage-cigar-label
Camel-vintage-cigar-label Non-Plus-Ultra-vintage-cigar-label Engagement-vintage-cigar-label
Comedy-Club-vintage-cigar-label Cuban-vintage-cigar-label Cacica-vintage-cigar-label Oh-Me-Oh-My-vintage-cigar-label

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8 Responses to “Free Vintage Cigar Labels”

  1. I love your site Carla and these vintage cigar labels are just awesome. I also enjoyed your kittens, paper dolls and, of course, your gift shop. You are linked to my site and to my heart forever. Your generosity is boundless.

  2. Thanks so much for your kind words, Teri. 🙂

  3. Great post – very well put together. Thanks for sharing!

  4. The Halloween witches and women are just beautiful. I also love your craft ideas.

    Thank you so much for sharing.

  5. Thanks, Angie. I’m so glad you find the site valuable. 🙂

  6. A photographer friend told me about your website and I agree with all of the previous comments, This is a great found treasure of images. I am interested in your collection of cigar labels and how I might obtain a set of high resolution images. Although I am retired; I still have a small design/packag-ing company and would like to do something with them for a poster or something to share with my old customers and hopefully new ones. Your images would not be for retail sales and I would also include your website information on each if you would like……………….Bill Hart
    PS: I can’t wait to look through the rest of your collection and thank you for it.

  7. Angie, This is a great found treasure of images. I can’t wait to look through the rest of your collection and thank you for sharing it.

  8. Hi William.

    Thanks so much for your comments!

    I’m about to roll out an affiliate program that will allow you to get unlimited downloads of over 15,000 vintage images for one low price. The resolution varies from image to image, but some are probably high res enough to use as you’ve described.

    I don’t want to post the link on the site yet because I haven’t finished preparing to launch the program on a mass level, but I just e-mailed it to you. Please send me an e-mail at info[@]vintageholidaycrafts.com if you didn’t receive it.

    Thanks!

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