“They have the luster that lasts.”

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“German Process Cigar Bands. THEY HAVE THE ‘LUSTER THAT LASTS.’ The Book contains an issue of original designs in a variety of colors, and every one perfect and superior to most imported bands. They are sold at a price that will save you money and yet give the most satisfactory results. Attractive designs that are characteristic and highly embossed. German Process Cigar Bands are the Best. Write Now — Made only by Wm. Steiner, Sons & Company, Lithographers. Steiner Building 257-265 W. 17th Street, New York.” –advertisement in Tobacco World, 1911.

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William Steiner and Isaac Rosenthal founded a lithographic printing company in 1884 to produce cigar bands exclusively. The New York company grew quickly and in 1905, Steiner constructed his own building on West 17th Street in midtown Manhattan. Today the Steiner building has been converted to condominiums and the Graphic Arts Collection hold one of their sample books, pictured here.

cigar bands3German Process Cigar Bands (New York: Steiner Company, ca. 1911). Embossed chromolithography. Graphic Arts Collection Ephemera.