A great vintage sign for Clarke’s Perfect Plug tobacco. Most likely a point-of-sale sign, it probably dates from the 1920-30s.
William Clarke & Sons Ltd was an Irish tobacco company founded 1830 and were a major retailer of pipe tobacco within the British Isles. Based in South Main Street, Cork they already had an extensive tobacconist business in Cork City by the 1870’s. The Clarke’s also ran a chandler’s business at 70 and 71 South Main Street.
In 1924 Clarke’s tobacco was bought by Ogden’s who then transferred the company to new premises in Dublin (Odgen’s of Liverpool founded by Thomas Ogden 1860 & later part of Imperial Tobacco Company).
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DIPPING into the history of snuff..... The company's namesake was born in 1769 in Pennsylvania, but the Garrett Snuff's trace back to John Garrett Jr., who built several mills (lumber, grist, and tobacco) on the banks of Red Clay Creek near Yorklyn, Delaware in 1726. His son, Levi Garrett, inherited the snuff mill (the only one of the mills that actually made any money). Levi based his offices out of Philadelphia and to this day, the Levi Garrett Tobacco packages bear his name. But, the whole story is lot more complicated than that... Levi Garrett had two sons, William Evans Garrett & George Howell Garrett. The tobacco / snuff business was renamed Levi Garrett & Sons (as it exists today). William Garrett stayed in the business, but George left. So, William decided to change the name of the company to William E. Garrett & Sons Company. The name was trademarked in 1870, one of the first in American history, and the oldest active trademark in the United States today. After the death of William E. Garrett & William Garrett Jr., the remaining brother Walter Garrett sold the snuff mill to three of his employees for ONE DOLLAR. Why he did this remains a mystery to this day. That ridiculous lop-sided deal officially ended any Garrett family ownership in the company, despite the company being one of the most successful in the industry today... These two cans are unopened. Wanna Dip? #snuff#scotchsnuff#WEGarrett &sons #wannadip#dippin#oldshit#tobaccocollectibles
Days O Work....a good sign for a laundry room! I bought this from my friend, Bette, and thought it would be cute on the corner shelf in our laundry room. It's actually a tin mold for chewing tobacco plugs. They would stamp the design in the plug and send it to the curing room to dry. I think that's how it goes.😉. #tobaccocollectibles#laundryroom#junkstyle#fleamarketfinds#funkyjunk