Business: Bandman

About five and a half billion cigars were made in the U. S. last year. Of these half a billion used no bands. Of the rest, 70% or 3,500,000,000 had bands made by Consolidated Lithographing Corp. of Brooklyn, biggest cigar-band manufacturers in the world. It takes a 30-ton embossing machine, color presses, a cutting machine, a varnishing tray and eleven operations to make an ordinary cigar band. And after all that, the first thing nearly every cigar smoker does is to tear off the band and throw it away.

Consolidated also prints cigar box...

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