Object ID 001232
Object Name Velvet Tobacco Can
Object Desc An empty tobacco can with knob lid that was manufactured by Liggett and Myers Company.
Collection General Collection
Accession # CMY001061a-b
General Category History
Category Tobacco Products
Source Category Found In Collection
Accession Date JAN 1,1991
Location Tobacco Exhibit North Shelf 5
Start Year Range
End Year Range
Status On Exhibit
Object Keywords tobacco,Velvet (brand),Liggett & Myers Tobacco Co.,smoking,pipes,tins,
Title Velvet Tobacco Can
Description An empty tobacco can with knob lid that was manufactured by the Liggett and Myers Company. The lid has a knob in the middle so it is easy to grab to open. The color of the can is red, white, yellow and green. The knob has Velvet written in the middle. Around the edge of the lid it says "American's smoothest smoke pipe and cigeratte tobacco." The front and back labels has an image of a pipe with smoke coming out to spell velvet. It also has an image of a cigarette. It says what time of tobacco it is used for and then the company name at the bottom. The right and left label are the same it explains where the tobacco comes from and that it is america's smoothest smoke and burns cool and sweet in either pipe or cigarette. The back label has the gov't complaince note to the left of the main label. The main background color is red.
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Unit of Measure Inches/ounces
Dimension Details .75" in height for the lid.
Place of Origin
Maker Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company
Maker Details Christopher Foulks, was the owner of a snuff mill in New Egypt, New Jersey. During the War of 1812 the mill was razed by British soldiers. Foulks moved west around 1820 and opened a new snuff shop in Belleville, Illinois, in 1822. In 1833 he moved his tobacco business to St. Louis, Missouri, where in 1844 - 1847 John Edmund Liggett entered his grandfather's business. By 1858, Foulks's company was known as J. E. Liggett and Brother. Around 1869 the company created the first blended cigarettes, using a mixture of Turkish and Virginia tobaccos. A partnership was formed with George Smith Myers of Missouri, and in 1873 The Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company was incorporated. John E. Liggett died in 1897 and two years later Liggett & Myers was acquired by American Tobacco Company, controlled by James Buchanan Duke. George S. Myers died in 1910 and in 1911 the opportunity for Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company to be reborn in St Louis again. Today it is known as Liggett Vector Brands Inc.
Date JAN 15,2014
Assessor Brooke Uhl
Notes The bottom of the can has the most damage. It looks like the paint was eroded or some kind of chemical attacked it. There is some edge wear to it and the tax stamp is stained.
Date MAR 25,2014
Summary Status change
Notes Status changed to On Exhibit from On-Site Collection Storage - automatic entry by admin
Date MAR 25,2014
Summary Location change
Notes Location changed to Tobacco Exhibit North Shelf 5 from Cabinet 1 - automatic entry by admin