A Cigar Box (1933-1935)
In designing the hotel’s “Hall of History” we went far and wide looking for photographs, printed materials and artifacts from the early hotel. The Moravian Historical Society in Nazareth has been particularly helpful in this endeavor.
In scouring their files and collections, we were able to find some really amazing photos, ads and old brochures, so I knew when I got a call from their Executive Director, Wendy Weida, about a cigar box that she found, I knew it would be good.
The cigar box itself is not a cardboard box that one is accustomed to seeing, but instead, it is a lovely wooden “Boite Nature” box, which apparently held Dimisco Coronas. We are currently looking into the brand, but the Hotel Bethlehem is prominently printed on both the top of the box and on the interior.
There is also a red interior tag with a blue eagle marked “NRA Member” this indicated that the product was in compliance with the National Recovery Administration, part of Roosevelt’s New Deal, the NRA began in July of 1933, by September of 1935 the Supreme Court had deemed it unconstitutional and the use of the blue eagle display was prohibited.
In 1933 Bert Bell (charter member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame) formed a new NFL football franchise to replace the defunct Frankford Yellow Jackets. He named the new team the Eagles in recognition of the New Deals NRA.