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The curator of this virtual exhibition owes a great debt to three dedicated and long time researchers in this field:
Tony Hyman is an American cigar box scholar who has been collecting and researching cigar packaging for more than five decades (he bought his first box when he was 12). Mr. Hyman's knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject are as vast as his collection: his books and web site are essential resources for anyone interested in the history of cigar packaging. In 1999, with the help of a repatriation grant from Canadian Heritage, the Canadian Museum of Civilization (CMC) purchased Mr. Hyman's collection of Canadian cigar boxes. The museum's holdings in this area of Canadian social history are now the largest in the world.
CHRIS RYAN and JOHN HARPER
Whatever the artistic allure and historical usefulness of the labels inside cigar boxes, every cigar researcher must eventually turn his attention to what's on the outside of the boxes, in particular, the manufacturer codes and revenue stamps: they are why cigar boxes exist in the first place. Chris Ryan of Toronto and John Harper of London, Ontario have dedicated many years and great financial resources to tracing, collecting, analyzing, and publishing information on these topics. The Canadian Museum of Civilization gratefully acknowledges their generosity in sharing the fruits of their work with the curator, and in allowing them to be made available to the public.
FRIENDS OF THE COLLECTION
George Barnhill, now at the Canadian War Museum, was Registrar of Collections at CMC in the early days of the cigar box research and acquisition. He took a much appreciated interest in the project and was instrumental in the purchase of several important boxes.
Cynthia McMenemy, Waterloo, Ontario went out of her way to find boxes for the collection.
Eddie Echenberg, Magog, Quebec donated a goodly number of rare boxes by former cigar makers in Quebec's Eastern Townships, home of such luminary makers as J. Bruce Payne.
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