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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

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Tobacco Products


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Cabinet 1, Shelf 3

Object Date

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

Height 1.25

Length 4

Width 2.5

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Allen & Ginter

Maker Details The firm of Allen & Ginter was founded in 1865.[1] In 1882 Allen retired, leaving Ginter, who retained the firm name despite taking on one John Pope as new partner.[1] The first tobacco company to employ female labor, by 1886 they had 1,100 employees, predominantly girls, who rolled the cigarettes.[1] 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.[2] The "Allen & Ginter Company" was no more, but Lewis Ginter sat on the board of the American Tobacco Company.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY1335



Date MAR 5,2014

Summary Fair

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