Hooker sells cigars

12 March 2007

Hooker Cigars box label (1896)click to see larger image

A somewhat dramatic presentation for General “Fighting Joe” Hooker, isn’t it? But I think it fits the way many of us think of him today.

This cigar box inner label was produced in 1896–more than 15 years after Hooker’s death, and more than 40 after the War–so that tells you something of how long his name remained a draw. It sold recently at auction among other “Tobacciana” for just over $500, and was made for “Schmidt & Co New Chambers, Cor. Williams St., N.Y.”.

It does make the General look good, though. Better than life.

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