Please reference my post of August 14th regarding my hypothesis about Peterson Brothers being involved in the manufacture of the first boxes used in the Lane Girl Graduation Plan.
Based on my research, I have now linked this company to the manufacture of cigar boxes as well.
Here’s what I know…
According to the internet, the Revenue Act of 1864 stated that all cigars were required to be packed in boxes. Shortly thereafter, cigars became cheaper and more available, and many of the boxes that they came in are considered collectible items today.
There is a Peterson Brothers box currently for sale on e-bay. Next to the same diamond shaped Peterson logo on the bottom of the box is a label that says…
“FACTORY NO. 198 1st DISTRICT
STATE OF PA
The Manufacturers of the Cigars herein contained have complied with all the requirements of Law…Every Person is cautioned not to use either this Box for Cigars again or the Stamp therein again nor to remove the contents of this Box without destroying said stamp under Penalties provided by Law in such cases.”
I now have a new avenue to pursue regarding the history of Peterson company. Perhaps cigar box collectors are more “passionate” than Lane box collectors…at least on line…
In other news, I am about to embark on project that will hopefully lead to a better web presence for the Lane miniatures. More to come on this soon
That’s it for now…