Mercantile Cigar Sign, Rice Tobacco Co.

Mercantile Cigars Tin Sign, F. R. Rice Tobacco Co.

Circa 1910, the F. R. Rice Tobacco Company was based in St. Louis, MO and manufactured Mercantile Cigars, a well known local seller.   At one time, St. Louis was the largest tobacco and cigar manufacturing city in the United States.    Their were many companies in the St Louis market including the Drummond Tobacco company with offices in St. Louis and Alton, Illinois, the Dausmann Tobacco Co, the Christian Peper Tobaccco Co, the John Weisert Tobacco company and many others.