Item #1193 [Advertising] 65 Tobacco Premium Flannels circa 1910-1915
[Advertising] 65 Tobacco Premium Flannels circa 1910-1915
[Advertising] 65 Tobacco Premium Flannels circa 1910-1915
[Advertising] 65 Tobacco Premium Flannels circa 1910-1915

[Advertising] 65 Tobacco Premium Flannels circa 1910-1915

[Advertising] 65 Tobacco Premium Flannels circa 1910-1915

Flannels vary in size, but most are around 3 x 5 inches. Fraying along edges to many samples; some corners are folded--these could easily be ironed. Those with factory stamps on verso are usually difficult to read. Generally, very good condition.

In the early 20th century, tobacco firms offered a variety of 'premiums' to entice customers to purchase their products. These premiums fell into five categories: Cards, Satins, Flannels, Leathers and Buttons.

While these are sometimes called 'Felts', the material is more akin to flannel. Within the 'Flannel' premiums, common design themes include rugs (Asian and American Indian), flags, sports, butterflies and colleges. Interestingly, the power of branding was lacking on these premiums--these usually is no mention of the tobacco brands which gave these away. Some in this collection have factory stamps on the verso and it was here that tobacco firms sometimes would include their name brand.

All but one flannel in this collection are rugs. One cute little bird chick made its way into the collection. We did note 5 or 6 duplicates in the collection.

An instant beginner's collection of these unique and colorful advertising tobacco flannels. Item #1193

Price: $130.00

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