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Cedar helps to prevent cigars from drying out and furthers the maturing process.
The idea of using colorful lithographic labels, now used for all handmade brands, wherever they come from, started when Ramon Allones, a Galician immigrant to Cuba, initiated it for the brand he started in 1837.
Slim lighters were first introduced in 1956, with a flat bottom and no date code.
The first markings were added in 1957 and overlapped into 1958.
Many of the early hinges were replaced, as have been some later ones, so the hinge barrel count is not always absolutely accurate as it is possible a repair replacement has been made.
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Cigars with this sort of packaging are relatively expensive.Cigars were originally sold in bundles covered with pigs' bladders (with a pod of vanilla to improve the smell); then came the use of large chests, holding up to10,000 cigars. Upmann started shipping back cigars, for the use of its directors in London, in sealed cedar boxes stamped with the bank's emblem.When the bank decided to go, full-scale, into the cigar business, the cedar box took off as a form of packaging for all the major Havana brands, and all hand made cigars (though small quantities today are sometimes packages in cardboard cartons, and single cigars of many brands come in aluminum tubes lined with cedar).Boxes also usually have colorful decorative borders.The cedar box is sometimes referred to as a boite nature.
As the industry grew in the mid-19th century, so did the need for clear brand identification.