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SAMUEL L. "MARK TWAIN" CLEMENS - EPHEMERA UNSIGNED - HFSID 209638

Embossed cigar box label for Mark Twain cigars with a full-color illustration of cigar fiend Clemens flanked by his two most famous characters, Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. Embossed cigar box label unsigned. Color with metallic gold ink, 9x7.

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SAMUEL LANGHORNE CLEMENS
Embossed cigar box label for Mark Twain cigars with a full-color illustration of cigar fiend Clemens flanked by his two most famous characters, Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn.
Embossed cigar box label unsigned. Color with metallic gold ink, 9x7. With facsimile signature "Mark Twain" in color illustration. ©Wolf Bros. & Co. Captioned: "Mark Twain/Known to Everyone - Liked By All/Mark Twain". According to Dr. Robert H. Hirst, General Editor of the Mark Twain Project at the Bancroft Library at the University of California at Berkeley, this label was probably printed after 1894, when Clemens was forced to declare bankruptcy. "Cigar box labels are examples of the kind of advertising which took advantage of Mark Twain's great recognizability - whether he consented to the arrangement or not," according to Hirst, adding that "If Mark Twain did consent to this use of his face and name, it is plausible that he did so only rather late in his life, certainly after the bankruptcy in 1894." But if Clemens did endorse any kind of product, it probably would have been cigars. Clemens is reputed to have smoked, on average, 22 cigars a day and to have said, "If smoking is not allowed in heaven, I shall not go." Clemens (1835-1910, born in Florida, Missouri), who wrote under the pen name Mark Twain, was a steamboat pilot, journalist, world traveler and renowned lecturer. Above all, he was a skillful essayist and novelist whose lasting contributions to American literature include Tom Sawyer (1875), Huckleberry Finn (1885) and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. "Mark twain" was a term used on riverboats to indicate a water depth of 12 feet - a navigable depth for the river steamboats of Clemens' time. Lightly toned and creased. Otherwise in fine condition.

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