We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
While helping my brother clean out my parents' garage, going through shelves of tools, boxes of drill bits, old hinges, misc loose nails and screws, washers, screw-drivers, hand-drills, boxes of what-nots, etc, along with more garden tools than you can imagine even existed, I came across this old cedar cigar box full of mixed nails.
I know where that box of nails came from. That came from my grandfather's garage. My Mom's Dad. He kept all categories of little things in cigar boxes. He smoked in his office in town of course, but outdoors too, even while scything hay or on horseback, but stuck with cigarettes indoors so as not to offend the womenfolk. Pall Malls. Still delicious cigarettes.
So what about L. Osterweis? Well, he made cigars in New Haven, CT, with "South American" (Cuban probably) filler and Connecticut wrappers. Cigar people know that Connecticut still grows the best wrapper tobacco in the world.
The Osterweis company sold off their assets in 1954. From this Yale snippet, it seems that the Osterweis family did pretty well in the tobacco biz for a couple of generations. Even sent a kid or two to Yale.
Neat box, and yes Connecticut does make the best cigar wrappers in the world. But alas they grow it in many parts of the world now especially Ecuador. EPC makes some very good cigars. Ernesto Carillo used to make LaGlorida Cubana and now makes his own, Nice guy too.
"Jolly Rolly" Osterweis took the family fortune and endowed a Yale history chair, which he then proceeded to occupy.
He taught a popular (and renownedly generously graded) course on Southern American Civilization, popularly referred to as "Moonlight and Magnolias."
Rolly Osterweis was passionately devoted to encouraging debating, and coached the Yale Debating Team for decades. When Yale won, he would present his champions with special celebratory Osterweis cigars.
He was a classic institution and pillar of the Old (pre-coeducation) Yale.