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A collection of over 300 Tobacco Advertising Pieces Exemplify Printing Techniques and Popular Culture of the Time

A useful teaching aid for printing and publishing, visual culture, social history, design and much more.

1850-1880. A varied array of chromolithograph imagery depicting objects found appealing to tobacco smokers of the day. While the dates range from 1850-1900, the majority of the collection was produced between 1860-1880. A predominant theme is beautiful women. Additional topics include fantasy, racism, exotic locales, plantation life, men's sports and game, striking it rich and much more. It includes various types of advertising including cigar box and crate labels, trade cards, metamorphic trade cards, photographic cigarette crds, original art, cigarette wrappers, die-cuts, booklets, counter cards and a piece of original art. Approximately one-quarter of the collection is folio size label crates; horizontal, vertical and square. Cigar box labels make up another quarter of the collection and include inner box, outer box, top and top sheet labels. It includes a four (4) label bound sample set and a number of salesmen samples. Included are several label proofs includes some from progressive sets including color printing sequence at base.

While predominantly US producers there are a number of Cuban examples including over 35 marquillas cigarreras, c1850 chromolithograph 18mo cigarette wrappers produced in Havana. Aesthetically pleasing border decoration with juxtaposed dominant themes of white men with promiscuous mulatto woman. A particularly effective marking tool for the manufacturers. Lithographers include Ballin & Liebler
Calvert, Cameron, Chas Shields, Cyrus Lee, Detroit Litho, Donaldson, Evans, H. S. Crocker, Hatch, Heppenheimer, Heppenheimer & Mauer, Heppenheimer's Sons, Hoen,
Kaufmann & Strauss, Knapp, Linder & Murray, Ottmann and more. Few corner chips; overall fine.

Price: $38,500.00

Item #8500076