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Object Name Silk, Tobacco
Catalog Number 1992.7.5
Date ca.1914
Material(s) Silk
Dimensions H-3 W-2 inches
Description This silk tobacco insert is light green colored with a print of Marguerite Clark in red ink. Marguerite Clark was a silent film actress, one of Mary Pickford's major rivals, in 1910. She has starred in productions such as "Uncle Tom's Cabin" (1918), "Snow White" (1916), and "The Crucible" (1914). She was the model for Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937). "Factory No. 25, 2nd Dist. Va." is printed in red along the top. "OLD MILL CIGARETTES" is printed in red 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 Clark, Marguerite
Old Mill Cigarettes
Subjects Cigarettes
Tobacco industry
Tobacco package labels
Cigarette cards
Collectors and collecting
Women
Search Terms Virginia
Old Mill Cigarettes
Tobacco Insert
Tobacco culture
cigarettes
Women
Quilting
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS