- The Amo cigar box label features an image of the shield of Canada at the time. There are 7 provinces represented. When does that tell you the label might have been printed?
- What do the Earl of Minto, Colonel Steele, and Sir Haig have in common?
- They were all famous Canadians.
- They were all Governors General who established Canadian sport championship cups.
- They were all military officers.
- In which order were the following Canadian railways built?
- Grand Trunk Pacific, CPR., Intercolonial.
- Intercolonial, Grand Trunk Pacific, CPR.
- CPR., Grand Trunk Pacific, Intercolonial.
- What do Jim Hill, William Van Horne and Reverend George Monro Grant have in common?
- They all smoked cigars.
- They were all fathers of confederation.
- They all were involved in one way or another with the building of Canada’s early railways.
- Cigar boxes were given colourful inner labels to:
- Make the boxes more attractive as storage containers.
- Help catch the eye of customers.
- Help tobacconists find a new box on the shelf when the old box was empty.
- The only sign that an early cigar box is really Canadian is:
- It has an IRD or Port number/letter on the bottom.
- A Canadian politician is pictured on the inner label.
- The text is in both English and French.
- The beaver appears on several brands of Canadian cigar box because
- The beaver was a well known symbol for Canada and nationalism helped sell cigars.
- Beaver pelts were traded for cigars at the height of the fur trade;
the price per cigara stack of skins as tall as the cigar.
- In southwestern Ontario, beavers cover their lodges with tobacco leaves for the winter.
- "Jumbo" was the name of a cigar made in St. Thomas, Ontario. Why?
- Migrant French Canadian tobacco pickers in St. Thomas often smoked a locally made cigar after a lunch of ham sandwiches; the cigar maker, not a francophone, thought their positive comments about the ham ("Quel bon jambon!") referred to his cigars, so he renamed the brand.
- St. Thomas cigar makers specialized in making huge cigars.
- Jumbo, the famous elephant in Barnum’s circus, was killed in
- One of Joseph Montferrand’s most famous exploits occurred on the bridge between Ottawa and Hull where he defeated a gang of ruffians by clubbing them with:
- The jawbone of an ass.
- An enormous squared log from Wright’s saw mill downriver.
- The unconscious body of one of his opponents.
- The beautiful engravings of vignettes from Ottawa and the Ottawa Valley appear on revenue stamps from the series of:
- Four Canadian prime ministers appear on early cigar boxes. They are:
- Mackenzie King, Pearson, Trudeau, Mulroney.
- Macdonald, Laurier, Thompson, Bowell.
- Thompson, Harris, Lismer, Varley.
- One of the reasons cigars legally had to be sold out of boxes built specially for them was
- The wood of the boxes imparted a special flavour to the cigars.
- The public demanded that inexpensive storage containers for chess men, stamps, buttons, etc., be made a right for all Canadians.
- It was easier for the government to keep track of taxes paid on boxed cigars than on cigars stored in bulk warehouses.
Date Created: March 29, 2007 | Last Updated: October 22, 2009