Object ID 001647
Object Name Allen & Ginter's Tobacco Tin
Object Desc Black tin with bronze text for Allen and Ginter's Genuine Louisiana Perique tobacco.
Collection General Collection
Accession # CMY001335
General Category History
Category Tobacco Products
Source Category Found In Collection
Accession Date JAN 1,1991
Location Cabinet 1, Shelf 3
Start Year Range 1890
End Year Range 1920
Status On-Site Collection Storage
Object Keywords tobacco,smoking,Allen & Ginter,American Tobacco Company,tins,
Title Allen & Ginter's Tobacco Tin
Description Black tin with bronze text. Used to ocntain Allen and Ginter's Genuine Louisiana Perique tobacco. Top left corner of cover has a picture of a man smoking a cigarette. Description of product on right side. Factory number and notice on left side. Front side reads "Louisiana Perique." Allen & Ginter and American Tobacco Co. name printed on back.
Approx Collection Date
Unit of Measure Inches/ounces
Place of Origin
Maker Allen & Ginter
Maker Details The firm of Allen & Ginter was founded in 1865. In 1882 Allen retired, leaving Ginter, who retained the firm name despite taking on one John Pope as new partner. The first tobacco company to employ female labor, by 1886 they had 1,100 employees, predominantly girls, who rolled the cigarettes. The company offered a prize for the invention of a machine able to roll cigarettes (which until then had been hand-rolled). James Albert Bonsack won this prize with his 1880/81 invention. Because it was not completely reliable, all but one of the large tobacco manufacturers declined to buy the machine. James Buchanan Duke did buy this cigarette rolling machine in 1885 and used it to great success; by 1890 he had consolidated his four major competitors, including Allen & Ginter, and formed the American Tobacco Company. The "Allen & Ginter Company" was no more, but Lewis Ginter sat on the board of the American Tobacco Company.
Date MAR 5,2014
Assessor Ben Locke
Notes Fair considering its age. No signs of major damage. Minor scratches and dust stains. Text on right and left sides somewhat faded away.
Date MAR 5,2014
Summary Location change
Notes Location changed to Cabinet 1, Shelf 3 from 3rd Floor Hallway - automatic entry by admin