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    Ben-Hur Cigar Label by Consolidated Lithographing Corporation of Brooklyn. A stunning lithographed and gold-embossed 8" x 6.5" inner label picturing a chariot driver and four powerful white steeds. The brand was from the Wm. Tegge & Co. Makers of Detroit, Michigan. Originally Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ was an historical novel by Lew Wallace published in 1880. It told the story of a Judean aristocrat enslaved by the Romans under Tiberius, his bitterness after release, and his redemption upon meeting Christ and seeing the crucifixion. The book was a huge hit and spawned a Broadway play in 1899, silent films in 1907 and 1925, and, of course, the 1959 film starring Charlton Heston that won 11 Oscars. This label was likely manufactured in the same time period as the silent film versions. Near mint condition with just a small amount of light toning in the upper left corner not affecting the image. This label is listed as one of the "InStone 100" blue chip cigar labels.

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