Object ID 001510
Object Name Nigger Hair Tobacco packet
Object Desc Paper packet of Nigger Hair chew or smoke tobacco.
Collection General Collection
Accession # CMY001239
General Category History
Category Tobacco Products
Source Category Found In Collection
Accession Date JAN 1,1991
Location Cabinet 1, Shelf 8
Object Date 1922
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Status On-Site Collection Storage
Object Keywords Nigger Hair Tobacco,B. Leidersdorf Company,American Tobacco Company,tobacco,smoking,chewing tobacco,
Title Nigger Hair Tobacco packet
Description Paper packet of Nigger Hair chewing or smoking tobacco. Tax stamp covers one side edge of packet. Front and back of packet have illustration of black woman with afro style hair and large ear/nose rings. Also includes small image of native american for The American Tobacco Company logo. Manufacturing information is also printed on the front, back, and sides. "Nigger Hair" is printed in large on the bottom. Nigger Hair Smoking Tobacco was first manufactured in 1878. According to the company the product was named after "its distinctive, curly Long Cut strands". The product was sold at economic prices and packaged in metal tins with "the head of a negro surmounted with a copious crop of wool, and having a large ring pending from the nose and another from the ear" stamped on the front. The production company changed the product's name to "Bigger Hair" in the 1950s, following fierce criticism from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
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Unit of Measure Inches/ounces
Dimension Details The dimensions above refer to the entire packet.
Place of Origin
Maker B. Leidersdorf Company
Maker Details Bernhard Leidersdorf (1837-1912) came to Milwaukee in 1858 and started a tobacco factory in partner-ship with Henry Helmholz. The partnership was dissolved in 1869 and the firm continued as the B. Leidersdorf Company. The company became one of the leading tobacco firms in Milwaukee, and its products were distributed throughout the nation. Leidersdorf retired from active business in 1905. A Republican, he was city alderman (1880-1881) and public debt commissioner of Milwaukee (1905- 1906).
Date FEB 18,2014
Assessor Cassie Coffey
Notes All images and print on the packet are legible. However, there is moderate taping on all sides of the packet. Edges are worn.
Date FEB 18,2014
Summary Location change
Notes Location changed to Cabinet 1, Shelf 8 from Cabinet 1, Shelf 4 - automatic entry by admin