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Excellent 1920-40s Black Memorabilia Nigger Hair Tobacco Tin


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Directory: Popular Collectibles: Memorabilia: Black Americana: Pre 1950: Item # 1303163

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Offered is the fabulously RARE NIGGER HAIR Tobacco Tin produced from the late 1870's through the first half of the 1940's.

This particular tin hails from the latter period. Although it no longer retains its paper tax stamp, it must be noted that after World War II, the name "Nigger Hair" was changed to "Bigger Hair", so this tin can be assumed to be dated no later than 1945. Additionally, due to significant metal rationing during WWII, production of this tin was markedly reduced, making it more than likely that this tin falls within the 1920-1930's manufacturing time period.

This image was used by The American Tobacco Company of Wisconsin to sell their product; the lithographed tin was manufactured by the B. Leidersdorf Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Measuring 7 inches high x 5 ¾ inches wide, the condition of the tin is an 8.5 out of 10--- sporting a lovely lithograph on the front side with minor and superficial scratches and abrasions along with tiny areas of paint loss on the sides and back (please see photos for condition). Some very faint evidence of very superficial rust is noted on the cover, on the back side of the tin near the base, and on the bottom of the tin with absolutely no impact to structural integrity. The inside of the tin is clean with some minor tarnish evident.

The original orange color of the tin remains consistent. Any imperfections are reasonable and expected given the age of this piece--- 80+ years!! This tin is just a wonderful example of early Black Americana advertising and looks so much better "in person" than what the camera was able to capture with its lens! Please note that any "white" areas in photos are flash reflections and are not imperfections to the tin.

Following the end of World War II, the American Tobacco Company changed the name of its product from NIGGER HAIR to BIGGER HAIR tobacco as it was felt that the previous moniker had become much less socially acceptable, and additionally, the company was quite motivated in broadening the product's marketability and appeal. At that time, the material out of which the tobacco container was constructed was changed from tin to heavy cardboard.

Truly an extraordinarily RARE piece of Black Memorabilia seldom found in this great condition complete with bail handle and lid! (Soft tissue paper has been wrapped around the bail handle to prevent any further scratching to the tin exterior.)

***For the ultimate collector of Nigger Hair Tobacco tins, an extraordinarily rare, 1949, Bigger Hair Tobacco container is also offered for sale- separately- and is featured in one of the photos beside the currently available Nigger Hair tin. The addition of the Bigger Hair container will complete your collection from both a cultural and historical perspective! *** Type "tobacco" in our web cover page SEARCH box to locate it.

Both the nigger hair and the bigger hair pieces may be purchased for the single price of $1195 with no further discounts applicable.