Trimmed nailed wood box
Factory 38 Port 10-D
Series C (1935)
Thomas Harkness & Sons, Ltd., Montreal, Que.
CMC 2001.185.40 Tony Hyman Collection
The portrait of Canada's pioneer builder of the Canadian Pacific Railroad, William Cornelius Van Horne (1843–1915), is crowned by a locomotive, garlanded in maple leaves, and flanked by two scenes representing Canada's motto, "From Sea to Sea". (Note that Newfoundland, represented by the Cabot Tower and view of St. John's Harbour, left, hadn't yet entered Confederation when this label was printed.)
Van Horne was a famous cigar smoker (he developed the taste while building the Cuban railroad in 1900). In hospital towards the end of his life, he was forbidden by his doctor to smoke more than three cigars a day. The next day, a package arrived for Van Horne of custom made cigars, each 2 feet (60 centimetres) long and requiring four hours to smoke.
Tomado de Canadian Museum of History