This book is pretty cool, it contains a collection of Victorian-era cigar bands (the bands that are wrapped around a cigar). There are all sorts of different images depicted, presidents, logos, royals, etc. The beginning of the book has the story of the collection and how it came to be as well as a brief history of the bands and how they came to be. The rest of the book is just photos of the collection. I can’t say I am much of a cigar aficionado but I found the book interesting and liked seeing all the different things that were depicted on the various cigar bands.
I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.
About the Book
This charming collection of over 1,100 Victorian-era cigar bands spans the time period from about 1880 to 1910, the golden age of German lithography and American and Cuban cigar band printing and the height of the workmanship of this beautiful art form. The bands illustrate US presidents, European royalty, noted world personalities, and many others, all in detailed and gilded illustrations. The bands are shown exactly as displayed in the ledger of a young man born in Philadelphia in the late 1800s. Enjoy leafing through this cigar band time capsule.