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Object ID 001910

Object Name Long Distance Tobacco Can

Object Desc Lunch style tobacco can for Long Distance chewing or smoking tobacco.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001493

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Tobacco Products


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Tobacco Exhibit North Shelf 8

Object Date

Start Year Range 1900

End Year Range 1920

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords Long Distance brand,Scotten-Dillon Co.,smoking,tobacco,tins,

Title Long Distance Tobacco Can

Description Lunch style tobacco can for Long Distance chew or smoke tobacco. Can has a metal handle attached on the R and L sides. No lid is present. Label on can is cream colored with red/blue print. Picture on can of man making phone call/train/outdoors. Can reads "Long Distance/Chewing or Smoking/Scotten Dillon Co./Detroit, Mich..."


Approx Collection Date

Height 6

Length 0

Width 0

Depth 0

Diameter 5

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details Dimensions are for can with handle down. Handle upright adds 2" to height.

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Scotten Dillon Company

Maker Details Daniel Scotten started in the tobacco business in 1852 as an apprentice to cigar maker Isaac Miller. He slept at the shop and saved his money hoping to open his own business some day. Eventually he did start his own factory just before the Civil War. By the late 1880s, Scotten had moved to a larger factory on West Fort Street after taking on a partner and changing the name of the firm to Scotten-Dillon Tobacco Company. During the 1890s, the company employed 1200 workers and had $4 million in annual sales. Concentrating on cigars, chewing tobacco and flake tobacco during the early years, cigarettes were not prominent with Scotten Dillon late in the life of the firm. Brands such as Peachy, Grade A1, Ramrod and Yankee Girl Cigarettes were all introduced in the early 1920s.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY001493

Description Long Distance tobacco can


Date APR 8,2014

Summary Fair

Assessor Cassie Coffey

Notes Tin has been painted on bottom and possibly interior. Has some scratches and oxidation. Bottom of label has water/glue stains. Label is vibrant in color and has no tears. No lid or tax stamp. Label is potentially not original to can (shown by shadows on can).


Date APR 8,2014

Summary Status change

Notes Status changed to On Exhibit from On-Site Collection Storage - automatic entry by admin

Date APR 8,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Tobacco Exhibit North Shelf 8 from Room 6 - automatic entry by admin