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Object ID 001678

Object Name King Bird Smoking Tobacco package

Object Desc Three paper and foil packages of King Bird Tobacco from F. F. Adams Tobacco Co. Unopened. Red paper with black text. Image of bird at center on front and back.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001977a-c

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Tobacco Products


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Tobacco Exhibit

Object Date

Start Year Range 1932

End Year Range 1955

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords tobacco,chewing tobacco,F. F. Adams Tobacco Company,King Bird Smoking Tobacco,American Tobacco Company,smoking,birds,

Title King Bird Smoking Tobacco package

Description Three, unopened, paper and foil packages of tobacco. Tobacco still inside. Red paper on exterior with black text. "King Bird" at top edge on front and back. Image of bird at center. Below text reads, "Smoking / Manufactured by / F. F. Adams Tobacco Co. / The American Tobacco Co., Successor / Milwaukee, Wis. / King Bird / Tobacco is unconditionally / Guaranted by / The American Tobacco Company/ Incorporated". Tax stamp at top and runs underneath label. On left side of package text vertically "Chew or Smoke". On right side of package Factory No. info. Bottom of package has text "King Bird"


Approx Collection Date

Height 4.75

Length 0

Width 3

Depth 0.88

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details All packages are the same size.

Quantity 0



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker F. F. Adams Tobacco Company

Maker Details In 1884, the business was averaging $1 million a year. F.F. Adamsís tobacco factory was called the Badger State Tobacco Works. The favorite brands manufactured by the firm were, in smoking tobacco: Peerless, Excelsior, Standard, Dexter, and Old Tom; and in chewing tobacco, Aromatic, Moss Rose, Pride of the West, and Ambrosia. At some point Henry Avers becomes involved with the firm and the firm name changed to he F.F. Adams Tobacco Co. In 1902, the Continental Tobacco Company acquired the entire capital stock of FF Adams for $2,205,090. That would be approximately $57 million in todayís value.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY1977a-c



Date MAR 7,2014

Summary fair

Assessor BN

Notes On all three paper is stained with white markings. A- Label is loose on left edge. Wear running vertically on front. Brown accretion on top by tax stamp. Edge wear. B- Label is loose at left side at upper edge. Brown accretions by tax stamp at top. Back of package has gray markings, dirty at lower 1/2. C - Crease with wear running vertically on front. Label is loose on left side at upper edge. Small fold on right side at upper edge. Corner wear.


Date MAR 7,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Cabinet 1, Shelf 8 from Room 4, 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 Cabinet 1, Shelf 8 - automatic entry by admin