In response to reports and complaints from agents, Congress changed tax laws every year. was divided into 66 tax districts with less than 175 officials given the difficult task of enforcing all tobacco excise tax regulations in the country.
The ID printed on both the CN and the box itself Identifies the maker as Factory No.
50 (owned by the Lichtenstein Bros.) one of New York City’s largest cigar factories, producer of 4,500 boxes of cigars daily.
Caution Notices were printed on separate pieces of paper and pasted on boxes until 1910 when the law required they be printed onto the bottom of every box, making it easy to date boxes as before or after 1910.
Size was set by law, and you’ll see little variation.
contained have complied with all the requirements of the law.
Every person is cautioned not to use either this box for cigarettes again, or the stamp thereon again, nor to remove the contents of this box without destroying said stamp, under the penalties provided by law in such cases Longer wording [left] adds “stamped wrappers upon the packages or parcels” seems to have first appeared in the early 1890’s.
When it officially ended is unknown, but it appears as if after 1910 CN’s had the same wording for all cigars.
Boxes of 50 and 100 small cigars were seldom sold after packs of 10 and 20 small cigars were allowed by the Act of 1897.
Caution Notices are also similar but not identical on boxes and cans that contain chewing tobacco, pipe tobacco, snuff or plug.
If the word “tobacco” is in the Caution Notice, it’s not a cigar box except in the case of novelty The wording was specified, but not the size, placement, or form. The wording was printed in tiny type and often incorporated (hidden) in nail seals, end labels, or fake Union Stamps [left].
One of the most audacious cigar makers came up with a caution notice the size, color and general design of the 1868 Import tax stamp used on boxes of Cuban cigars, an attempt to fulfill the law while misleading smokers.