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Object Name Silk, Tobacco
Catalog Number 1992.7.2
Maker Old Mill Cigarettes
Date ca.1914
Material(s) Silk
Dimensions H-3 W-2 inches
Description This silk tobacco insert is yellow-green colored with a print of Maxine Elliot in blue ink. "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 Elliot, Maxine
Old Mill Cigarettes
Subjects Cigarettes
Tobacco industry
Tobacco package labels
Cigarette cards
Collectors and collecting
Women
Search Terms Old Mill Cigarettes
Tobacco culture
Tobacco Insert
cigarettes
Women
Quilting
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS