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Object ID 001866

Object Name Gail & Ax Navy Tobacco advertisement

Object Desc Print advertisement for Gail & Ax Navy and Blue Ribbon Tobacco. Photograph of boxer Kid McCoy at center with text in blue around him.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY002037

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Advertising/Promo


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Room 7, Shelf 9

Object Date

Start Year Range 1900s

End Year Range 1920s

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords tobacco,advertising,signs,Gail & Ax Tobacco Company,McCoy, Charles "Kid",boxing,photographs,

Title Gail & Ax Navy Tobacco advertisement

Description Print advertisement for Gail & Ax Navy and Blue Ribbon Tobacco. Paper with photograph of Kid McCoy at center in boxing pose. At top is text at left corner "Gail & Ax / Navy" "and" in center At right corner "Blue Ribbon / Tobacco". At right edge is text " Send Us 10 Wrappers and secure free one of these elegant photos (unmounted) with no advertising on it." At lower right corner is address for company Room 501 / 58 Wabash Ave., / Chicago." Below photo is text "'Kid" McCoy". Ad is taped to white cardboard with two pieces of black tape at bottom edge. Photo has been painted over, not original. At top is a blue line painted outlining part of photo. A "shirt" has been painted on McCoy.


Approx Collection Date

Height 17

Length 0

Width 11.75

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details Dimensions are just the print advertisement, not the cardboard.

Quantity 0



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Gail & Ax Tobacco Company

Maker Details In 1850, George W. Gail started a tobacco business in Baltimore, MD. In 1855, Christian Ax joined the business. They were a part of the American Tobacco Co.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY2037



Date MAR 28,2014

Summary poor

Assessor BN

Notes Needs conservation. The photograph has been painted over giving the person a shirt and a blue outline on the background. Taped to paper backing. Two pieces of black tape are afixed to botom edge. Tape is brittle and coming off and with it sections of the paper layer are coming off. The edges are worn. Tears along left edge fixed with cellophane tape. Piece of cellophane tape over text "kid mccoy". Top left corner is creased. Crease at top edge near right corner running vertically. Light surface scratches. The painted shirt is scratched.


Date APR 17,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 7, Shelf 9 from Room 7, Shelf 2 - automatic entry by admin