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Winterthur Digital Collections

About this collection

The John and Carolyn Grossman Collection, currently housed in the Winterthur Library, contains more than 250,000 items documenting the print processes of lithography and chromolithography from 1820 to 1920.

A selection of calendars and cigar labels are online.  By the 1880s and 1890s, lithographers began offering pictures for calendar overprinting and advertising and frequently used images of women, children, and pets. 

The cigar labels, bands, and boxes, embossing dies, lithographic stones, progressive proof books, proof sheets, and original art work (approximately 80,000 items) in the collection help to detail cigar box label production.  To attract customers, manufacturers turned to lithographers to create colorfully striking labels with a wide range of imagery.  The online selection showcases illustrations of women and sports, two themes that appealed to men who smoked cigars in the late 1800s and early 1900s. A true art for the masses, cigar labels visually captured American life at the time, from the attitudes of men towards women to popular sports.

The finding aid for the collection is available at: http://findingaid.winterthur.org/html/HTML_Finding_Aids/COL0838.htm.

 
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