Alan Mays

Alan Mays

Posted on 08/10/2015


Photo taken on August  9, 2015


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A Cigar Store and Its Proprietor

A Cigar Store and Its Proprietor
A stores (department, grocery, five and dime, etc.) photo for the Vintage Photos Theme Park.

A tobacconist poses among his wares in a cigar store, date and location unknown. One interesting aspect of this photo is how many different packages and advertisements for tobacco products are visible (mouse over the image above to see close-up views of the counter and wall behind the proprietor and the display case in front of him).

Some of the tobacco posters, placards, and packaging visible behind the counter include items for Red Star Plain Scraps Chewing and Smoking Tobacco ("pure tobacco never harmed anyone"), Murad the Turkish Cigarette, Town Talk, American Navy, Helmar Cigarettes, Our Principal, Quaker Boy, Bold, and cigarette packs for Camel and Lucky Strike.

Gum and candy was available, too, with Beech-Nut Chewing Gum, Black Jack Chewing Gum, Schrafft's Chocolates, Hershey's candy bars, and Life Savers candies among those represented.

Cigar brands in the boxes on the top shelf of the display case include Muriel, Rose-O-Cuba, Lord Clinton, Our Principal Senior, Lord Romeo, Summons, Londres, Golden Belle, Let-Er-Rip, and O.K.

Among the tobacco products on the display case's bottom shelf are Sach's All-Right Plain Scrap, Red Man, Beech-Nut Chewing Tobacco, Master Workman Scrap, Tub Tobacco, and Picnic Twist.

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6 comments - The latest ones
Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Great vintage photo.
3 years ago.
Alan Mays has replied to Don Sutherland
Thanks!
3 years ago.
lisabee73
lisabee73
Fantastic photo for so many reasons. Love all the detail.
The tobacconist is a store that's extinct now.
3 years ago.
Alan Mays has replied to lisabee73
Thanks! I was trying to recall whether there were any cigar or tobacco stores left around here in Pennsylvania (they used to be standard fixtures in downtown shopping areas and shopping malls), but I don't think the ones I knew about are still around. Of course, I might know more about any existing stores if I were a smoker.
3 years ago.
spacemouses
spacemouses
There are packs of 'Camel' cigarettes to the left of his shoulder.
3 years ago.
Alan Mays has replied to spacemouses
Ah, thanks, you must have an eagle eye! Looks like there are some Lucky Strike packs, too, after checking my enlargement of the photo. I'll add those to my description above. Thanks!
3 years ago.