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 Women Plain and Fanciful

Images of women—classical, aristocratic, or "girl-next-door"—were used to attract male buyers to many cigar brands—some of the earliest retail goods to do so.

Today these labels provide clues to women's costume and public standards of beauty a century ago, perhaps extending even to notions of proper and naughty, wholesome and alluring. At least one label makes a statement about women's long road to equality in education in Canada. But some make us wonder, "What is this about?"

FLOR DE CLARO FLOR DE CLARO
Trimmed nailed wood box (50)
Factory 38 Port 10-D Series C
Likely H. Simon & Sons, Montreal, Que.
CMC 2001.185.38 Tony Hyman Collection

PEBBLE PEBBLE
Trimmed nailed wood box (50)
Factory 1 IRD 10 Series of 1915
J. Bruce Payne, Granby, Que.
CMC 2003.46.18

UNION STAR UNION STAR
Trimmed nailed wood box (50)
Factory 3 IRD 6 Series of 1897
A. Isaacs, St. John, N.B.
CMC 2001.185.7 Tony Hyman Collection

ARABELA ARABELA
Trimmed nailed wood box (50)
Factory 6 Port 50-E Series C
General Cigar Co. Ltd., Toronto, Ont.
CMC 2001.185.44

DOROTEA DOROTEA
Trimmed nailed wood box (100)
Montreal Division (M3) Series of 1880
Unknown maker, Montreal, Que.
CMC 2004.122.5

DRUMMER DRUMMER
Trimmed nailed wood box (100)
Factory 1 IRD 13 Series of 1883
Possibly Savage & McCanna, Granby, Que.
CMC 2004.122.4

IDEAL IDEAL
Trimmed nailed wood box (50)
Factory 2 IRD 9 Series of 1897
Nap. E. Godin, Tabacconiste en Gros, Trois-Rivières, Que.
CMC 2004.38.15

IRMA IRMA
Trimmed nailed wood box (50)
Factory 38 IRD 17 Series of 1897
H. Simon & Sons, Montreal, Que.
CMC 2003.46.5

SHE THAT'S ALL SHE THAT'S ALL
Trimmed nailed wood box (50)
Factory 2 IRD 2 Series of 1897
Geo. A. McGowan, Kingston, Ont.
CMC 2004.122.3

SWEET ROSE SWEET ROSE
Trimmed nailed wood box (50)
Factory 3 IRD 8 Series of 1897
B. Houde & Co., Quebec City, Que.
CMC 2003.46.23

THE MAGNET THE MAGNET
Trimmed nailed wood box (50)
Factory 11 IRD 32 Series of 1897
Wm. Ward, London, Ont.
CMC 2005.41.12

THE QUEEN THE QUEEN
Trimmed nailed wood box (50)
Factory 2 IRD 10 Series of 1883
Webster Nutter & Co., Sherbrooke, Que.
CMC 2004.38.48

VARSITY
VARSITY
Trimmed nailed wood box (50)
Factory 6 IRD 17 Series of 1897
S. Davis & Sons, Montreal, Que.
CMC 2003.46.58

When this cigar box was new, Canadian women had only had the opportunity to wear a mortarboard for some 25 years. In 1875, Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick became the first Canadian university to accept female students; its first woman graduate, Grace Annie Lockhart was the first from any Canadian university. Eight years later, Dr. Augusta Stowe Gullen became the first woman to graduate in Medicine from a Canadian university, Victoria College in Cobourg, Ontario.

YOU KNOW YOU KNOW
Trimmed nailed wood box (50)
Factory 1 IRD 20 Series of 1897
Possibly Ottawa Cigar Factory (190715), Ottawa, Ont.
CMC 2003.46.32

LA FAROSA LA FAROSA
Trimmed nailed wood box (50)
Factory 7 IRD 10 Series of 1915
Eastern Townships Cigar Co., Sherbrooke, Que.
CMC 2004.38.43

GAINSBOROUGH GAINSBOROUGH
Trimmed nailed wood box (50)
Factory 25 IRD 17 Series of 1897
Tuckett's, Montreal, Que.
CMC 2004.38.5

ROSA ROYAL ROSA ROYAL
Trimmed nailed wood box (50)
Factory 2 IRD 31 Series of 1897
The Latonia Cigar Co., Brantford, Ont.
CMC 2004.38.11

NYMPHS & SATYR
NYMPHS & SATYR
Trimmed nailed wood box (10)
Factory 1 IRD 32 Series of 1885
Likely O. E. Brener, London, Ont.
CMC 2004.38.69

The painting of wood nymphs playfully urging a satyr into the water is by French Academic artist, Adolphe William Bouguereau, who first displayed it at the Paris Salon in 1873. Since then it has been in the United States—in private collections, in a New York City bar, and currently at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The painting has been reproduced as a popular print and as an image on plates, bathroom tiles and early cigar boxes.

CUPID'S WEB CUPID'S WEB
Trimmed nailed wood box (10)
Factory 19 IRD 17 Series of 1897
Likely V. Forest, Montreal, Que.
CMC 2003.46.106

MIZPAH MIZPAH
Trimmed nailed wood box (50)
Factory 16 IRD 32 Series of 1897
Sam. R. Manness, London, Ont.
CMC D-13693

SMACKS SMACKS
Trimmed nailed wood box (50)
Factory 3 IRD 17 ca. 1883
Likely T. J. Winship, Montreal, Que.
CMC 2001.185.6

PHARAOH PHARAOH
Trimmed nailed wood box (50)
Factory 1 IRD 10 Series of 1897
J. Bruce Payne, Granby, Que.
CMC 2003.46.55

LADY ASHLEY LADY ASHLEY
Trimmed nailed wood box (50)
Factory 8 IRD 28 Series of 1897
The Berlin Cigar Co., Berlin, Ont.
CMC 2005.41.10

FAIRY QUEEN FAIRY QUEEN
Trimmed nailed wood box (100)
Factory 3 IRD 6 Series of 1897
A. Isaacs, St. John, N.B.
CMC 2004.38.26

FLORA BELLE FLORA BELLE
Trimmed nailed wood box (50)
Factory 1 IRD 31 Series of 1897
H. B. Gardner, Brantford, Ont.
CMC 2005.41.6

MILO MILO
Trimmed nailed wood box (50)
Factory 2 IRD 22 Series of 1915
Geo. A. McGowan, Kingston, Ont.
CMC 2004.122.14

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