Featured is a brilliantly colored lithographic print advertising the Liggett and Myers Company flagship brand, Velvet Tobacco. The upper corner shows the small tin Velvet Tobacco pocket tin can, and this is the only thing on the lithograph featuring any form of advertising whatsoever. Liggett and Myers could do this as the brand was so dominant that nothing else was needed other than a pretty woman to help sell the product itself, or at least catch the attention of most men at that time. Liggett and Myers was based in the St. Louis, MO marketplace for many years, and most likely at the time when this print was produced, i.e. circa 1900.
TEMPLE PLUG CHEWING TOBACCO LITHOGRAPH. Circa 1900
Here is a great lithograph from the Temple Plug Chewing Tobacco for their cut plug brand of tobacco. An interesting type of black americana which was common for tobacco in this era. This fancy chew is advertised on this one, the man looks like he is sheepishly enjoying the product.
SUNSET TRAIL TOBACCO TIN- 5 CTS!
Here is a beautiful tin chewing tobacco tin from the Sunset Trail brand of smoking tobacco. The image features a man and woman riding their horses into the sunset. The clearly detailed cost of just 5 cents either expensive at the time this was made, indicating a quality brand, whereas most tobacco products of that…
BEECH NUT CHEWING TOBACCO COUNTER STORE BIN. Circa 1920’s
Here is a beautiful condition tin general store counter display point of sale bin from the Beech-Nut Tobacco Company. This particular bin comes in several different colors, with the yellow version being the most common, and prettiest with the color scheme.
Brinkmann, Reisel & Recker B.M.R. Tobacco Tin, St. Louis, MO
Here is a neat old tobacco tin from a long defunct tobacco cigar manufacturing company which was based in Saint Louis, Missouri in the early 1900’s. Due to the long length of names from the three owners, the brand was simply shortened to B.M.R. Obviously it was easier to ask for an abbreviated name cigar,…
LA PREFERENCIA CIGARS LITHOGRAPHIC SIGN, HAVANA, CUBA. Ca. 1910
Featured here is a beautiful lithographic print framed for the La Preferencia brand of cigars. This particular lithograph has a great slogan which says “30 minutes in Havana”. Clearly this refers to a great 30 minute smoke in Havana with a Cuban cigar!! This sign was made back before there was a moratorium for Cuban…
FASHION CUT PLUG TOBACCO LUNCH PAIL TIN, AMERICAN TOBACCO CO., CHICAGO, IL. Ca. 1920
Featured is a beautiful tobacco tin lunch box from the American Tobacco Company which was based in Chicago, Illinois. This tin features a bright image of a fashionably dressed woman and man on their way to some exotic destination most likely. This brand was one of the companies major sellers along with the Miners Extra…
GENERAL ARTHUR 10 CENT CIGAR ROG SIGN, UNITED CIGAR MANUFACTURER, NYC. Ca. 1895
Here’s an amazing reverse on glass sign for the General Arthur brand of ten cents cigars. Look closely, and you might recognize the image of the man, it is President Chester Arthur, 21st President of the United States. Using historical or well known political figures to help sell products was a practice alive and well…
ST. BRUNO STANDARD FLAKE TOBACCO SIGN, DUBLIN, IRELAND. Ca. 1920
The Saint Bruno Standard Dark Flake Smoking Tobacco was a large seller for years, and still was in business as late as the 1970’s being sold in tobacco shops all around the European area as well as inside the United States. This particular metal sign is very colorful, and certainly would have garnered the attention…
OLD VIRGINIA CHEROOTS TOBACCO SIGN, MINSTREL ACTORS! Ca. 1920’s
Featured here is a great image of the Old Virginia minstrel or quartet dance stage group. These characters are dressed for a play, and are surely characters in the play given their unusual dress or costumes. The Old Virginia Brand was one of the biggest selling tobacco brands for most of the 20th century era.
CHECKERS TOBACCO TIN, WEISERT BROS. TOBACCO CO., ST. LOUIS, MO
Featured is a beautiful round tobacco tin can from the John Weisert Tobacco Company which was based in Saint Louis, Missouri. This can illustrates the Checkers Brand of tobacco, which was one of many brands the company made for years. This particular can is from about 1930.
BAXTER’S DRUM 5 CENT CIGAR’S BEATS ALL WITH THEIR OWN DRUM!
The Baxter Cigar brand certainly played their Drum Cigar brand well, as they created a advertising slogan saying they beat all. What a better connotation of beating your competitors with a drum? Certainly some early Madison Avenue Marketer developed the campaign which made sense. However, the Baxter Drum Brand is no longer with us. …
ROYAL FRUIT 5 CENT CIGAR TIN SIGN, Ca. 1900
Featured is a beautiful small tin sign from the Royal Fruit Cigar brand. The sign advertises their brand as being 5 cts. per cigar. This sign is from the 1900-1910 era.