Spanish word cigarro, from which "cigar" is
derived, was probably an adaptation of sik'ar, the
Mayan term for smoking. By 1600 the cigar had been
introduced into Spain, where it was a symbol of
conspicuous wealth for two centuries. The use of
cigars in New England probably followed closely the
settlement of Connecticut in 1633.
The idea of using colorful lithographic labels,
now used for all handmade brands, started when
Ramon Allones, a Spanish immigrant to Cuba,
initiated it for the brand he started in 1837. As
the industry grew in the mid-19th Century, so did
the need for clear brand identification.
Captain's Own Cigar - #263, L.
& E. Wertheimer, California, 1889 - click on
image for full trademark