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Object ID 001486

Object Name F.F. Adams Peerless Smoking Tobacco sign

Object Desc Print advertisement in frame for Peerless Smoking Tobacco. Image of man in hat with pipe at center next to girl holding package of tobacco

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001905

Alternate ID

General Category Printed Material

Category Advertisements


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Tobacco Exhibit

Object Date

Start Year Range 1850s

End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords tobacco,smoking,F. F. Adams Tobacco Company,advertising,signs,

Title F.F. Adams Peerless Smoking Tobacco sign




Description / Abstract

Physical Description Cardboard advertisement encased in plastic with wood frame and wood backing. Paper has grommet with hole at top for hanging. At top text, "Peerless Smoking / Tobacco". At bottom right corner is text, "F.F. Adams Tobacco Co. / Milwaukee". Image at center is of a man in a hat holding a pipe with a young girl with blonde hair. Girl is holding a package of tobacco. Frame is black with nails attaching it to the wood backing. Plastic sheet over the paper and under the frame, wrapping back to the wood backing. On back duct tape is holding plastic shut. White running horizontally attached to wood with metal staples. Wood backing is unfinished. Has red edges. Dimensions (includes frame and wood backing):16 1/4" H x 12 3/8" W x 3/4" D


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Image Caption CMY1905



Date FEB 15,2014

Summary poor

Assessor BN

Notes Needs attention! Cardboard sign needs to be removed from plastic encasement and wood backing. Not archival, will damage object. Paper is in poor condition. Edges are stained and discolored. At top right corner, the paper is torn apart. At lower edge near left corner there is a tear horizontally and vertically in the paper. Along the right edge of the sign there are white marks running horizontally. Plastic covering it is scratched with marks from liquid. Frame is sratched with wear. White marks on lower right edge from dirty and debris. On back metal wire is rusted and sharp. Nails from front are exposed on back sticking out of plastic There is dirty and debris inside of the plastic encasement. Wood seems to be in good condition, marks from paint.


Date FEB 20,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 7, Shelf 1 from Room 7 - automatic entry by admin

Date FEB 25,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 7, Shelf 11 from Room 7, Shelf 1 - automatic entry by admin

Date MAR 23,2014

Summary Status change

Notes Status changed to On Exhibit from On-Site Collection Storage - automatic entry by admin

Date MAR 23,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Tobacco Exhibit from Room 7, Shelf 11 - automatic entry by admin



Date FEB 15,2014

Notes In 1847, Charles Athearn, of Buffalo,NY, started Chas. Athearn & Co. in Milwaukee. He never came to Milwaukee, and when he died the company was sold to Cyrus Adams who renamed the company, C. Adams & Co. In 1860, Francis F. Adams purchased the company from his brother and renamed it F.F. Adams & Co. It was based at the Badger Tobacoo Works located on Clybourn. The company was eventually a part of the American Tobacco Company.

Date APR 15,2014

Notes Home Location: Room 7, Shelf 16