Hey, mac – I get my cigars free today, because you didn’t say thank you.

Sorrry sir, but I must clarifiy.  I nodded my thanks.

Nodded? I don’t care. It says here on your matches you got to say thank you or it’s free.

Again I must gently correct. Note that it says we must thank you. It does not specify the manner in which the thanks are extended.

The Hickey chain used to be found in hotel lobbies and train stations. It still exists in its home town. Check out this old photo of its 8th Davenport store, and consider this: in the 20s, cigar stores also had lunch counters.