Cigar Store Indian

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This cigar store Indian was used as an advertisement for D. F. Saylor’s Pennsylvania tobacco shop during the late 19th and early 20th century. The Indian holds a bundle of cigars in one hand and a tobacco leaf in the other. He stands on a four-sided pedestal that has writing on each side: “145/D. F. Saylor/Cigars, Tobacco, Candy”—“Smoke/50-50/Cigar”—“El Wadora/5¢/Cigar” and “Thank You! Call Again.” The pedestal also advertises a shoe shine. Indians were associated with tobacco since they introduced it to Europeans, and advertisers played upon these stereotypes to hawk their wares to illiterate consumers.
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United States
Physical Description
wool (overall material)
paint (overall material)
overall: 92 in x 51 in x 90 in; 233.68 cm x 129.54 cm x 228.6 cm
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Credit Line
Eleanor and Mabel Van Alstyne American Folk Art Collection
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Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History