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Someone, show these boys what to do!

Arms full of empty cigar boxes, stacks and stacks o' boxes....and lot's o' smiles!

This photo is from 1918 Salem Oregon

The writing on the back says, "FREE CIGAR BOXES Children given all the empty boxes from Frank William Waters Cigar Shop."

I only wonder what the boxes went on to become? There is one kid with one on his head, so clearly he is need of some ideas....how 'bout turning that thing into a guitar!