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Object ID 002063

Object Name Ruskin Canvas Cigar Sign

Object Desc Large yellow canvas cigar sign for John Ruskin Cigars.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001592

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

End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords John Ruskin brand,cigars,smoking,tobacco,advertising,

Title Ruskin Canvas Cigar Sign

Description Large yellow canvas sign for advertising John Ruskin cigars. Sign has red/black print which reads "Smoke.../John Ruskin/Cigars now 2 for 5 cents." Sign has six metal rings for hanging. John Ruskin has a large number of branded goods to his name, on the whole he had nothing at all to do with them, from cigars, to pottery to Laura Ashley patterns, his name and image were used to promote product he and his ideals explicitly abhorred. In the early 20th century, tobacco companies often used the names of well-known writers and critics such as Ruskin, Hemingway and Kipling to endorse their cigars. They played on the idea that tobacco was a muse for creativity; one advertisement states that the cigars will, "recall your thoughtfulness with every delightful puff".


Approx Collection Date

Height 0

Length 2.5

Width 5

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

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Dimension Details Length (top to bottom) Width (left to right)

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker I. Lewis Cigar Makers Manufacturing Co.

Maker Details Newark, NJ Bayuk Cigar Inc. bought New Jersey’s I. Lewis Manufacturing Co. in 1955, adding John Ruskin, Flor de Melba, and the Seidenberg lines.

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Image Caption CMY1592



Date APR 30,2014

Summary Good

Assessor Cassie Coffey

Notes Some scratches and fading in the print. Some staining and moderate dust/dirt present. Canvas is still strong. All rings for hanging are still intact. 1-1 1/2 inch cut mark on the letter N.


Date APR 30,2014

Summary Status change

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

Date APR 30,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Tobacco Exhibit from Cabinet 1, Shelf 10 - automatic entry by admin