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YEARS AGO, CIGAR BOXES came with printed silks inside as a promotional way to sell the product. Flags of the world, butterflies, presidents and other popular images were used. The idea—to create a collectible and keep you buying their brand. As a marketing strategy, this was more than likely aimed at the woman of the house, something the husband could give her every time he bought a box of his foul-smelling cigars. This anonymous quilt-maker in the 1930s used their collection of silks in the creation of this beautiful quilt, measuring 82 x 67 inches.

This was found at Revival, 1401 W. Irving Park Road in Chicago. Phone 773-248-1211.