RARE 1920 Black Memorabilia Negro Hair Tobacco Tin
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Directory: Popular Collectibles: Memorabilia: Black Americana: Pre 1930: item # 590007
Please refer to our stock # BA815 when inquiring.
PO Box 461
Glastonbury, CT 06033
Offered is the fabulously RARE NIGGER HAIR Tobacco Tin produced from the late 1870's through the first half of the 1920's.
This particular tin hails from the latter period, and while it still retains remnants of its paper Federal Revenue Tobacco seal, the imprinting is completely worn away so the exact manufacture date remains a mystery.
This image was used by The American Tobacco Company of Wisconsin to sell their product; the lithographed tin was manufactured by the B. Leidersdorf Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Measuring 7 inches high x 5 ¾ inches wide, the condition of the tin is a 7.5 out of 10--- sporting a superb lithograph on both sides with minor and superficial scratches and abrasions along with tiny areas of paint loss on the front side image (please see photos) and on the backside- most notably in the woman's hair. Some very faint evidence of very superficial rust is noted on the cover and on the base of the tin with absolutely no impact to structural integrity. The inside of the tin is clean with some minor tarnish evident.
The original orange color of the tin remains consistent. The tin has three or four small areas where it has been pushed in slightly but these are difficult to see with the eye and even more difficult to capture with a camera lens. All of the imperfections are reasonable and expected given the age of this piece--- 90+ years!! This tin is just a wonderful example of early 1920s Black Americana and looks so much better "in person" than I was able to capture with my camera lens!
By 1926, the American Tobacco Company had changed the name of its product from NIGGER HAIR to BIGGER HAIR tobacco as it was felt that the previous moniker had become much less socially acceptable. At that time, the material out of which the tobacco container was constructed was changed from tin to heavy cardboard.
Truly an extraordinarily RARE piece of Black Memorabilia seldom found in this great condition complete with original bail handle and lid! (Soft tissue paper has been wrapped around the bail handle to prevent any further scratching to the tin exterior.)
***For the ultimate collector of Nigger Hair Tobacco tins, the extraordinarily rare, Bigger Hair Tobacco 'tin' is offered for sale separately and is featured in the last photo of this listing.***