Banker, The Clean Tobacco, F. R. Penn Tobacco Co., Circa 1920

BANKER’S CHEWED TOBACCO?

The F.R. Penn Tobacco Company in Wilkes-Barre, PA certainly made good use of this small metal tip tray from the 1920’s.   The companies highly touted Banker Chewing Tobacco got the outer billing and largest letters on the tray, and was denoted as a “clean tobacco”.    I can imagine a banker wanting a clean tobacco,…

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Old Honesty Cut Plug Tobacco Tin Sign, Circa 1920

OLD HONESTY WAS “ALWAYS RELIABLE”

Being an dog lover, I have always liked signs with animals illustrated on the signs.   Sometimes a company incorporated an animal into the theme for no apparent reason, or at least a reason I cannot determine the rationale today. The Old Honesty tobacco brand certainly used the image of a Saint Bernard simply to tie…

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