Safely Displaying an Old Paper Cigar Box

Dear Donia,
How can I safely preserve and display an old paper cigar box?

old, paper cigar box

Q. Dear Donia,

I have an old paper cigar box from the early 1900's. How do I protect it and display it on a bookshelf? Thanks, Susan

A. Dear Susan,

The best way to protect your paper cigar box on display is to ensure it is not in any direct light, particularly sunlight. Light will fade the colors on the box over time. You will also want to periodically dust it gently with a dry rag as dust can trap moisture and attract pests and mold, particularly if you live in an area with humid summers, which I believe Chattanooga is.

Nothing else is really needed.