Object ID 001852
Object Name Nigger Hair Tobacco lunch tin
Object Desc Orange lunch pail style tobacco tin for Nigger Hair tobacco.
Collection General Collection
Accession # CMY001459a-b
General Category History
Category Tobacco Products
Source Category Found In Collection
Accession Date JAN 1,1991
Location Tobacco Exhibit North Shelf 8
Start Year Range 1878
End Year Range 1930
Status On Exhibit
Object Keywords Nigger Hair Tobacco,tobacco,B. Leidersdorf Company,tins,chewing tobacco,smoking,
Title Nigger Hair Tobacco lunch tin
Description Nigger Hair tobacco tin. Tin is lunch style; could be used as a lunch pail after tobacco was finished. Tin is orange with black print and illustrations. Front and back have illustration of a black woman with afro and ear/nose rings. The words "Smoke/or Chew/Nigger Hair/ Registered In Patent Office April 8, 1878/Smoking/Tobacco" are printed on the front and back.Side contains company name "B. Leidersdorf Co." and Caution Notice. Opposite side reads "B. Leidersdorf Co.,/Milwaukee, Wis./The American Tobacco Co. , Successor/Incorporated." Tin has wire handle attached to two domes on each side. Wire handle, domes, and lid have been spray painted silver. Tin: CMY001459a Tin lid: CMY001459b
Approx Collection Date
Unit of Measure Inches/ounces
Dimension Details Dimensions are for tin with handle down. Handle up dimensions are as follows: H 10"
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). The product was produced as "Nigger Hair" until the 1950s. 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).
Date MAR 26,2014
Assessor Cassie Coffey
Notes Label of tin is in good condition. Some small scratches and scuffs. Lid, wire handle, and domes have been spray painted silver. Bottom of tin is heavily oxidated. Inside of tin has moderate oxidation. No tax stamp present.