Tobacciana Collectibles

1930 Smoking Tobacco Cardboard Stand

1930 Smoking Tobacco Cardboard Stand

Tobacciana is anything related to tobacco companies and their products. Tobacco advertising and memorabilia has been one of the most desirable collector categories for many years.

Tobacco cigarette smoking started in the 1850’s when people rolled their pipe tobacco in newsprint, then it evolved into the commercialization of smoking tobacco brands. Popular advertising memorabilia for tobacco cigarettes includes tobacco tins, matchbooks, tobacco cards, lunch box tin, cardboard stands and advertising signs. Offset lithography was an efficient way to print on tin in the 1870’s. Printing on tin was vital to tobacco companies because it sealed the tobacco from the air to prevent drying it out and safeguarded it from getting lost or destroyed.

Tobacco Tins

1910-1920 Union Leader Cut Plug Tobacco Tins

1910-1920 Union Leader Cut Plug Tobacco Tins

Tobacco tins were made in only a few types of shapes and styles. Boxes and cylinders were utilized for bulk tobacco and smaller pocket tins were flat or concave to fit in a pocket.  Lunch box tins had wire handles on the box for smokers and their kids to carry their lunches to work or school. The tobacco tins were decorated with the company’s logo and artwork that stated slogans such as ”Sensation Smoking Tobacco” and “ Cut Plug Smoking or Chew” and “Sweet Mist Taste Great”.

1917 Tobacco Yankee Boy Pocket Tin

Tobacco Pocket Tin Yankee Boy

The lithographed artwork on tobacco tins was the best way for the product to stand out on the shelves of a general store or a tobacco shop. Popular designs on the tins were birds, animals, street scenes and sailors in the Navy. Players is a well-known tobacco-tin brand and their Navy Cut cigarettes depicted a sailor with a life-preserver. Another tobacco-tin brand Hignett had Pilot Flake cigarettes featured a sea-captain holding a ship’s wheel.

Other tobacco companies used persuasive branding names such as Winner and Fashion on the tobacco tins.  By the 1920’s, tobacco tins also featured early celebrities and sports figures such as Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb. Those are some of the most valuable Tobacciana collectibles today.

Cigar and Pipe Memorabilia

1910′s F. R. Rice Co. Mercantile Cigars Tin Sign

1910′s F. R. Rice Co. Mercantile Cigars Tin Sign

Other popular Tobacciana keepsakes include pipes and cigar memorabilia. Pipes were the first form of smoking in the 1600’s and historic pipes were made from clay, bone, wood and metal.

Cigars have their own set of collectibles including cigar boxes, lighters, humidors, cigar cutters and signs.

 

Red Crown Tobacco Lunch Box, Ca. 1910

RED CROWN TOBACCO LUNCH BOX, JNO BAGLEY, DETROIT, MI. Ca. 1915

Red Crown Lunch Pail tobacco tin from JNO Bagley Company in Detroit, Michigan.

Sterling Dark Tobacco Green Can

STERLING DARK TOBACCO CAN. 50 PACKET SIZE. Ca. 1920

An unusual Sterling brand for their “dark” brand of tobacco in the green colored version metal can.

Winner Cut Plug Tobacco Lunch Box Tin, Ca. 1910

WINNER CUT PLUG TOBACCO LUNCH BOX TIN, Ca. 1910

Featured is one of my favorite tobacco lunch pail or lunch box tins from the Winner brand of cut plug chewing tobacco.

Blue and Scarlet Booker Tobacco Co., Richmond, VA. Lunch Box Tin. Ca. 1910

SCARLET AND BLUE CUT PLUG, BOOKER TOBACCO CO, RICHOND, VA., Ca. 1910

Scarlet and Blue Tobacco Cut Plug Tin from the Booker Tobacco Company which was based in Richmond, VA.

U.S. Marine Cut Plug Tobacco Lunch Box Tin., Ca. 1910

U.S. MARINE CUT PLUG SMOKING TOBACCO LUNCH BOX TIN, Ca. 1910

Here is a beautiful early lunch pail or lunch box style tobacco tin from the U.S. Marine brand.

Boar's Head Tobacco Lunch Box Tin, Ca. 1910

BOAR’S HEAD TOBACCO LUNCH BOX TIN, PRITCHARD & BURTON. Ca. 1910

Tobacco lunch pail or lunch box tin from the Pritchard and Burton Company which was based in London, England for many years. The Boars Head Brand was their main selling tobacco.

Red Indian Cut Plug Tobacco Lunch Box Tin

RED INDIAN CUT PLUG TOBACCO LUNCH BOX TIN, Circa 1900

Red Indian Tobacco Lunch Box tin for their Cut Plug Tobacco. Lunch Pail tin containers were often used by children when the product was gone.

Jacob Stahl Nip of Havana Cigar Tray, 5 Cents

JACOB STAHL JR. TOBACCO CO., NIP OF HAVANA CIGAR TRAY. Circa 1900

Featured is a colorful serving tray from the Jacob Stahl Jr. Tobacco Company based in Brunswick, N.J. and New York City, N.Y. This tray is for their Nip of Havana Cigar.

Brotherhood Tobacco Tin Sign, Lorillard Tobacco Co, Jersey City, N.J.

BROTHERHOOD TOBACCO SIGN, P. LORILLARD TOBACCO CO.

Yankee Girl Brand Cigars, Tin Sign, Circa 1900

YANKEE CIGAR BRAND, “NONE SO GOOD”, TIN SIGN, Circa 1900

Featured is a beautiful tin sign from the Yankee Girl brand of cigars, circa 1900. The sign has a price of 5 cents per cigar, and boldly claims “It Equal Cannot Be Found”.