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Object Name Silk, Tobacco
Catalog Number 1992.7.12
Maker Old Mill Cigarettes
Date ca.1914
Material(s) Silk
Dimensions H-3 W-2 inches
Description This silk tobacco insert is blue colored with a print of Adele Blood in dark blue ink. Adele Blood acted in silent films and broadway productions in the early 1900's. "Factory No. 25, 2nd Dist. Va." is printed in red along the top. "OLD MILL CIGARETTES" is printed in blue along the bottom.
Notes Tobacco inserts were items placed inside tobacco packaging, sometimes they were packed inside the container with the tobacco and usually put inside an envelope. American tobacco companies began the use of silk insert from 1906-1910 and ended the practice at the beginning of WWI. The use of silk inserts instead of cards or other materials was used as a marketing strategy aimed toward women. The inserts were varied and colorful, and another marketing strategy for the companies was to distribute literature about home uses for the inserts such as creating quilts, throws, pillows, table covers, purses, and curtains from them.
Collection Larry B Thompson Collection
People Blood, Adele
Old Mill Cigarettes
Subjects Cigarettes
Tobacco industry
Cigarette cards
Cigarette papers
Tobacco package labels
Tobacco products
Collectors and collecting
Search Terms Virginia
Old Mill Cigarettes
Tobacco culture
Tobacco Insert
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS