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Guide to Amie Karp Collection of Tobacciana
1870-1997
 PR 392

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Karp, Amie
Title: Amie Karp collection of tobacciana
Dates [inclusive]: 1870-1997
Abstract: The Amie Karp Collection of Tobacciana consists of a variety of 19th and 20th century tobacco-related ephemera and reference material.
Quantity: 5 Linear feet in 9 boxes
Call Phrase: PR 392

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Scope and Contents

The Amie Karp Collection of Tobacciana is mainly comprised of 19th and 20th century tobacco-related ephemera. It includes cigar bands, cigar box labels, tobacco tags, cigarette boxes, cigarette cards, and tobacco pouches. The ephemera is variously mounted on boards, sleeved, and displayed in scrapbooks. The collection also contains printed catalogs advertising cigar and cigarette cards, tags, labels, boxes and bands. Many of the catalogs include instructions for claiming prizes in exchange for these items. Ten reference books about tobacco, tobacco ephemera, and collecting tobacciana are also included.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in three series by format:

Series I: Catalogs

Series II: Ephemera

Series III: Reference Books

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Cigar box labels
  • Cigarette cards

Subject Topics

  • Advertising -- Tobacco industry
  • Cigar bands and labels
  • Tobacco -- United States

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Available by advance appointment only. To schedule an appointment, contact the Print Room Librarian at printroom@nyhistory.org.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to reproduce any Department of Prints, Photographs and Architectural Collections holdings through publication must be obtained from:

Rights and Reproductions, New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024. Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 282.

Permission to reproduce or quote text from this collection in a publication must be requested from and granted in writing by the Library Director, The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024-5194.

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as Amie Karp Collection of Tobacciana, PR 392, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, New-York Historical Society.

Credit line should read: Gift of Amie Karp and family in honor of Ivan C. Karp.

Related Materials

Additional tobacciana material can be found in the following collections:

PR 31 Bella C. Landauer Collection of Business and Advertising Ephemera

PR 241 Sidney Voice Collection of Cigar Bands

PR 264 Ephemera File

Separated Materials

Additional tobacciana material donated by Amie Karp can be found in New-York Historical's museum collections.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Amie Karp, 2019

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Container List

Series I: Catalogs, 1882-1956

Scope and Contents

This series contains printed catalogs advertising cigar and cigarette cards, tags, boxes and bands. Many of the catalogs include instructions for claiming prizes in exchange for these items.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 W. Duke and Co. cigarette card catalog of "Costumes of All Nations"
1882
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Kinney Brothers Standard of the World cigarette card catalog of "National Dances, Vol. IV"
1886
Box: 1 Folder : 3 O.L. Schwenke cigar box label catalog
1898
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Florodora Tag Company catalog and instructions for redeeming gifts for tobacco tags and cigar bands.
1905
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Schulte Cigars and United Profit-Sharing Co. catalog and instructions for securing gifts by coupon redemption
1937-1938
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Raleigh Coupons, Brown and Williams Tobacco Co. catalogs with instructions for redemption of Raleigh cigarette pack coupons for gifts (4)
1952-1956

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Series II: Ephemera , 1870-1936

Scope and Contents

This series includes cigar bands, cigar box labels, tobacco tags, cigarette boxes, cigarette cards, and tobacco pouches. The ephemera is variously mounted on boards, sleeved, and displayed in scrapbooks.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Cigar Bands

Scope and Contents

Cigar bands with imagery including Civil War generals, United States presidents, and international heads of state.

1874-1935
Box: 2 Folder : 2-12 Cigar Box Labels A-K
1874-1935
Box: 3 Folder : 1-16 Cigar Box Labels L-Z
1874-1935
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Cigar Protectors

Scope and Contents

Reliance Cigar Co. box of lithographed, accordion folded, glassine and card stock single cigar protectors for pocket portage. Illustrated on front and back with a burning cigar.

1880
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Cigarette Boxes

Scope and Contents

Kinsman's Asthmatic Cigarettes, 10 empty boxes.

1933
Box: 5 Scrapbooks

Scope and Contents

"Cigar Bands" - two volumes of specialty collector books with slotted pages filled with cigar bands. Both volumes are inscribed "Annie L. Taff" in pen on the inside front cover; one volume is also marked "Fred A. Taff." 1878-1905.

"White Knight" - child's collection of 420 cigar bands in a notebook, 1900-1906.

"Estemento Superiores" - a child named Ward Heinzman's collection of 351 cigar bands (along with some postage stamps) in a ledger book, 1908.

"Wills Cigarette Picture-Card Album of Household Hints," 1936.

1878-1936
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Tobacco Pouches

Scope and Contents

Scotten, Dillon Company "Yankee Girl" chewing tobacco pouches (10).

1940
Box: 6 Folder : 1-2 Tobacco Tags

Scope and Contents

Embossed and printed tin plug tobacco tags on boards.

1870-1930

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Series III: Reference Books, 1969-1997

Scope and Contents

This series contains ten reference books about tobacco, tobacco ephemera, and collecting tobacciana.

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 7 "Connoisseur's Book of the Cigar," by Zino Davidoff, McGraw Hill, New York, NY
1969
Box: 7 "Tobacco Tin Tags," by Gary Schild, Prentis and Co., Meridien, CT
1972
Box: 8 "Handbook of Cigar Boxes," by Tony Hyman, Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY
1979
Box: 8 "The Art of the Cigar Label," by Joe Davidson, Wellfleet Press, Secaucus, NJ
1989
Box: 9 "Chewing Tobacco Tin Tags 1870-1930," by Louis Storino, Schiffer Publishing Co., PA
1995
Box: 9 "The Good Cigar: the Art of Cigar Smoking," Jeffers and Gordon, Lyons and Burford, New York, NY
1996
Box: 8 "Old Time Cigar Labels," Carol Belanger Grafton, Dover, New York, NY
1996
Box: 8 "The Cigar," by Barnaby Conrad III, Chronicle Books, San Francisco, CA
1996
Box: 7 "Cigar Companion," by Anwar Bati, Running Press, London, UK
1997
Box: 9 "The Smoking Life," by Ilene Barth, Genesis Press, Birmingham, MS
1997

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