Cigar Store Indian

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.
Object Name
shop figure
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
place made
United States
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Cultures & Communities
Industry & Manufacturing
American Enterprise
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Culture and the Arts: Folk Art
American Enterprise
American Enterprise
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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