American Empire Circa 1900 Cigar Label with William McKinley Portrait. A lithographed 8.75" x 6" top wrap with a portrait of President McKinley with "American Empire" above and "Deservedly Popular" below- all with embossed gold trim and against a wood grain background. McKinley was president from 1897 until his assassination shortly after the beginning of his second term in 1901. He fought the Spanish-American War in response to the reported Spanish atrocities in Cuba and the sinking of the battleship Maine. After the easy victory in the war, McKinley engaged in a bit of "empire building" by annexing the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Guam, and Hawaii. This label almost certainly dates from the 1898-1900 period when America was riding the crest of a military victory, and McKinley was running for reelection. A label with appeal to the political collector as well as the cigar label collector. Excellent condition.

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