Tobacco Tin

"Singing Waiter" roly poly tin for Mayo's Cut Plug Tobacco. Chromolithographed, egg-shape cover and spherical container depict a man in evening dress holding a cigar in his right hand and singing a "Song" about "everybody's smoking"; a blue-and-yellow package of Mayo's tobacco is on his back. Concave bottom has a circular label that reads "THIS 'BROWNIE' TIN COMES IN DIFFERENT DESIGNS / GET A COLLECTION", followed by an affirmation of quality and "FACTORY N\o 42. 2d DISTRICT. OF VA / (caution not to resell) / PATENT APPLIED FOR".
One of six Brownie tins made by Tindeco (Tin Decorating Company) of Baltimore, MD, for the American Tobacco Company, whose brands included Mayo. The Mayo Factory Works were located in Richmond, VA.
Currently not on view
Object Name
tin, tobacco
date made
ca 1912
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
tin (overall material)
ink (overall material)
overall: 7 in x 6 1/8 in; 17.78 cm x 15.5575 cm
place made
United States: Virginia, Richmond
place tin made
United States: Maryland, Baltimore
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Domestic Furnishings
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Kenneth E. Jewett
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