Tobacco Tin

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"Singing Waiter" roly poly retail 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".
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1912
place made
United States: Virginia, Richmond
place tin made
United States: Maryland, Baltimore
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
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Kenneth E. Jewett
Promotional Item
Tobacco Use
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Data Source
National Museum of American History