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Owl 5¢ Cigars – A.R. Preston Grocers – Partition Street – Saugerties, NY – Upstate NY Correspondent, Wendy Diaz McCarthy

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Seal – North Carolina Tobacco – Denver, CO

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Coutarelli Cigarettes – Maden Supérieur – Alexandria, Egypt – Uptown Correspondent, Iman R. Abdulfattah

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 I had totally forgotten about it until my friend mentioned it yesterday. I love researching the old companies that are being advertised and reflecting on how much the city has changed over time. - Iman R. Abdulfattah

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According to Relli Shechter in Smoking, Culture & Economy in the Middle East- The Egyptian Tobacco Market 1850 – 2000, Coutarelli was the only large-scale Greek producer for the Egyptian tobacco smoking market, opening its business immediately after 1890 [p.80, Shechter].  In early February 1918, cigarette roller strikes occurred in Alexandria where the company was located [p.89]. According to Shechter, Coutarelli…

…began machine production in 1922, when it bought its first three cigarette-making machines. In 1945, an article in La Reforme suggested that Coutarelli employed more than 5,000 persons in production and distribution, thus putting the percentage of persons employed in Coutarelli at slightly less than a third of the total number employed in the business.

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Former U.S. Diplomat Henry Precht, who was chief of the Iran Desk at the US State Department during the years of the Revolution and the hostage crisis said the following in a March 8, 2000 interview conducted by Charles Stuart Kennedy for The Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training Foreign Affairs Oral History Project:

Coutarelli had been the cigarette king of Egypt and had died after marrying a rather disreputable, it was said, Italian lady whom the family disapproved of. She was afraid that her huge house with an immense garden right around the corner from the consulate would be taken away either by the Egyptian government or by her husband’s family. So, she rented it to an American vice consul for his housing allowance in order to safeguard it. And it worked, at least for us certainly.

Mecca Smokes—East 70th Street & York Avenue, NYC

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Cremo 5¢ Cigars Revisited – West Broadway, SoHo

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Featured Fade – Bull Durham – Smoking Tobacco – Standard of the World – Waverly, NY – Kelly McGowan

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New York Tobacco Warehouse – No Smoking – Fulton Ferry Landing – Brooklyn

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Owl Cigars Pentimento – Seattle, WA

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Venice Beach Tin Ads – Tippecanoe Kentucky Whiskey & Sitting Bull Smoking Tobacco

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Bull Durham Smoking Tobacco – Ketchum & Son Inc – Wholesale Dry Goods – Owl Cigars – Coca-Cola – Spokane, WA

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