Cherry Circle Cigar Box - Chicago Athletic Association - Vintage Find
But, that's the place's second life. The first life was as the real-deal Chicago Athletic Association. A membership-based club like the Union League or University Club. Old-school.
It also was the place where my oldest sister was married. All the way back when I was in high school.
I also was invited to have a few lunches there from Tom Roeser back in the aughts. Was always a lot of fun to hear Tom tell stories.
Years after that, the club failed. I think the membership aged out, the value of the real estate was too high and they couldn't make it work.
But, it was always a place that was on my radar. And, because it was around for SO MANY YEARS, a bunch of items from the CAA are in circulation. You can find them at Estate Sales and garage sales around the suburbs and every time I see something, I throw out my collecting mantra and gobble the stuff up. Why? Because that mantra doesn't apply to gifts.
I've bought various items over the years. A dinner plate. A creamer. A spoon. But, recently, I found something else that I knew would make a great gift to my brother-in-law: this Cherry Circle Cigar Box.
It is wood, has a couple of metal latches on the front and has the Circle-C logo on top. It also reads "Super Seleccion" in partial Spanish. Is this Spanglish? Or, is [super] one of those awesome Spanish words like [los jeans] and [el hotel] that are the same in English/Spanish??
But, the star of the show is the interior shot. Tilt the lid up and you get this full-color seal with the "Cherry Circle" on top, a drawing of the exterior of the building with the circle-C logo. And...the copy: "Manufactured Expressly for Chicago Athletic Association by M. Bustillo & Merriam."