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Object Name Silk, Tobacco
Catalog Number 1992.7.20
Maker Old Mill Cigarettes
Date ca.1914
Material(s) Silk
Dimensions H-3.375 W-1 inches
Description This silk tobacco insert is cream colored with a print of a woman with a fur stole and green hat. Above her are the words, "Factory 25-2nd Dist. Va." in black, and "Michigan" printed in red. There is flower bouquet at bottom left with the words, "STATE Flower / Apple Blossom / Wolverine Girl" printed below the image in red. "OLD MILL CIGARETTES" printed in black along bottom edge.
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 Old Mill Cigarettes
Subjects Cigarettes
Tobacco industry
Tobacco package labels
Tobacco products
Cigarette cards
Collectors and collecting
Search Terms cigarettes
Virginia
Tobacco
Tobacco culture
Tobacco Industry
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS