As I was blitzing through some of the cigar label auctions on eBay one night, I ran across a trimmed scrapbook label that looked familiar. After closer inspection I realized it was an earlier version of the George Schlegel label "High Toned". This label put a name to the dude: Bronson Howard. How cool is that!
(Bronson Crocker Howard)
Bronson Crocker Howard * American journalist, author of successful comedies and dramas about life in the United States * 1842-1908
A pioneer in the field of contemporary drama, his plays were the first to reflect life in the United States and are important to the development of American drama. He was a newspaper reporter for many years in New York until the success of his first play, Saratoga, a farcical (absurd) comedy produced in 1870. He wrote 12 subsequent plays, including Young Mrs. Winthrop (1882), one of the first American dramas of social criticism; The Henrietta (1887), a satire on business practice; and by far his most popular play, Shenandoah (1888), a Civil War drama, at first unsuccessfully produced but revived the following year with great success.
Bronson was the first author in America to actually earn his living solely as a playwright. He was the founder/president of the first society for playwrights in the United States.