Article #18 - originally published in the July/August 2002 issue of "The Cigar Label Gazette"

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by Chip Brooks

Article #18


Roaming around the Information Highway (aka: the Internet) is sometimes a grueling trek but occasionally I am fortunate enough to find little jewels of information that make the trip worthwhile.  The following 'Discoveries' are souvenirs of my travels and I would like to share them with you.

Did You Know?
"Top Sheet Discoveries"

American Kid color
"American Kid" copyright 1903, C. B. Henschel Mfg. Co.

I have always liked the uniqueness of this label with a wood burned appearance, uneven textured embossing and really nice use of coloring (there is also a non-colored version of this image).  This was advanced artistry for the year 1903 and I don't recall seeing any other labels from this era quite like it.

American Kid-Top Sheet

"The Bowman" as I have referred to this untitled image for years, turns out to be a top sheet.  Yep, it's the top sheet for "American Kid".

American Kid-Box

I discovered the "American Kid" box on Tony Hyman's web site.  Oh, was I supposed to get permission before I used this image Tony?

Notice that the inner does not show any of the yellow borders that surround the unused label. The image on the front of the box is part of the depicts a village scene with a brave on a horse, a buffalo and tepees.  Very cool!

Title & Design by M & N Cigar

"Alcazar" is a really nice horse racing label with a lot of info within the image.  Here are a few more facts about this great race horse.   "Alcazar" is classified as a "Harness" or "Trotter" race horse not a thoroughbred.  He was born in 1883 by Sultan from Minnehaha. The owner/breeder was L. J. Rose of the Sunny Slope Ranch in San Gabriel, California. "Alcazar" set a record (2:20˝) in Sacramento on September 17, 1885 as a 2 year old (the 1st 2 year old to hold a record).

The Top Sheet for the "Alcazar" cigar is an untitled label with two horses and a carriage.

Alcazar Top Sheet
The label reads: "Bohemia 2:22 ˝ and Kate Sparks 2:19"

When I discovered this connection I didn't have a clue whom these two beautiful horses were. They both had what would appear to be winning times as Trotters and it would seem logical that they might have been Alcazar's offspring.  But I needed to find a place to verify this hypothesis.  So I took off on the Information Highway and landed on 'The U.S. Trotting Association' web site.  After a few cryptic questions in an E-mail and I am sure some strange looks from the people receiving the mail (trust me…you get some strange looks when you tell someone you are writing an article about a cigar label and need some info...)  Debbie Smiley was kind enough to research the horses in question.  Debbie reported that she found a file on Kate Sparks who was foaled in 1888.  There was no information indicating that Kate 'took a race record' (that's won a big race in record time to you and me).  There was no info on Bohemia at all but that doesn't mean the horse didn't exist, just that he was never registered for racing or breeding purposes.

What about their relationship to Alcazar?  Well, our buddy didn't fair so well in the Stud Arena, he only sired one foal in 1891 and neither of the horses on the Top Sheet were his kiddies.  Alcazar's foal's name was SULCAZAR (no joke) and there are no reported earnings or records for this horse.  Ain't the Internet Cool!?!

Side Note: A couple of years ago this cigar brand resurfaced and can be purchased at your local tobacconist.

LFD Gen. Worth
"La Flor de General Worth" by G. A. K. and Co.

This label is considered by many collectors to be a Top Sheet.

General Worth 1894

This stands to reason as the original "General Worth" image, copyright 1894 by the same makers, is an outstanding litho.  But alas, I won a cigar box on eBay that obviously came much later, probably the late 20's early 30's (the price of the cigars were 15˘ each).

LFD Gen Worth_box1

The inner on the box is the "LFD General Worth" image and the outer has the 1894 image of the General.

LFD Gen Worth_box2

G. A. K. and Co. probably ran out of the original inners but had a surplus of outers remaining. So here is proof that "LFD General Worth" was used as an inner.  Do you think the label's value will go up now?

Side Note: As was the custom during the early 1900's, cigar makers used catch phrases like 'La Flor De' in many of their titles, which means 'The Flower Of', referring to the tobacco.

Side Note 2: Major General William Jenkins Worth (1794-1849)...namesake - Fort Worth, Texas.  He began his long military career at age 18, fought in the Mexican War and was a Major General at the time of his death in San Antonio.  General Worth was in command of the Eighth and Ninth Military Departments, encompassing Texas and New Mexico.  In 1849, General Worth directed Major Ripley Allen Arnold to establish a military post near the confluence of the Clear and West Forks of the Trinity River.  This post would the first of a line of forts to be established west of San Antonio, Austin, Waco Village and Dallas respectively.  After locating the perfect site for the fort, Arnold learned that his commander had died of cholera on May 7.  Fort Worth was officially established on June 6, 1849, named by Arnold in honor of his commander.  General Worth was buried in Brooklyn, New York but in 1857 his grave was moved to Manhattan.  The William Jenkins Worth Monument is located at the intersection of Broadway and Fifth Avenue.

Gen Worth Monument

Hope you enjoyed the info...until next time,

May You and Your Collection Prosper!

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