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.

 

Dominator Cigar Lighter, M. Muller & Son. Circa 1895

DOMINATOR FACTORY CIGAR LIGHTER, M. MULLER & SON, N.Y.C., Circa 1895

Dominator Cigar Lighter and Cutter from M. Muller and Son in New York City. Quality Made Cigars!

M-C-A Cigar Sign Lithograph, Goldsmith, Silver Co., Boston, MA. Ca. 1900

M-C-A 10 Cent Cigars Sign, Goldsmith, Silver Co., Boston, MA. Ca. 1900

M-C-A 10 ct. cigar lithographic sign. Goldsmith, Silver Company, Boston, MA.

Red Indian Cut Plug Tobacco Can, American Tobacco Co. Circa 1915

RED INDIAN CUT PLUG TOBACCO TIN, AMERICAN TOBACCO CO., Ca. 1915

Red Indian Cut Plug Tobacco Can. This tin is called a Knob Top Can. Made by the American Tobacco Company.

Honest Scrap Tobacco Tin Sign. Circa 1920

HONEST SCRAP TOBACCO TIN SIGN, “AN EVERYDAY SCRAP”. Circa 1920

Tin sign featuring the famous dog and cat in an Honest Scrap. Chewing Tobacco Cut Plug Product. Circa 1920.

Honest Long Cut Plug Tobacco Lithographic Sign, 1892

Honest Long Cut Plug Tobacco Lithograph, Presidential Possibilities!

Early lithographic poster from the Honest Cut Plug Tobacco Brand. This poster shows the Presidential Possibilities in the year 1892

Satisfaction Cut Plug Lunch Box Tin, Circa 1920

Satisfaction Cut Plug Tobacco Lunch Pail Tin. Circa 1920

Mastiff Plug Cut Tobacco Lunch Box Tin

MASTIFF PLUG CUT TOBACCO LUNCH BOX TIN. Circa 1915

Mountain Belle Cigar Lithograph, The Solis Cigar Co., Denver, CO., Circa 1900

MOUNTAIN BELLE 5 CENT CIGAR, SOLIS CIGAR CO., DENVER, CO. Circa 1900

Henry George 5 Cent Cigar Tin Sign, Hirschhorn Mack & Co. N.Y., Circa 1900

HENRY GEORGE 5 CENT CIGAR TIN SIGN, HIRSCHHORN MACK & CO., N.Y., Circa 1900

Gold Dust Tobacco Pocket Tin Can

GOLD DUST TOBACCO POCKET TIN CAN

Pocket tobacco tin features the Gold Dust Brand of Tobacco. Worth It’s Weight in Gold.