FILTERED

 

Advertisements convey the global representation of the city as a “tobacco capital of the world.” Postcards, tour brochures, and historical markers demonstrate how city elites have promoted the tobacco industry. Tobacco and its smokers headlined festivals and football games, fronted Richmond’s stores, and employed its populace. Even today in the age of “smoke free” public spaces, tobacco makes its mark on the city. Advertisements demonstrate the everpresent commodity of tobacco in Richmond.

 

As you take a look at the advertisements, postcards, and photographs, consider how these filtered presentations of tobacco engage the viewer? What associations and memories do the visuals provoke? 

Tobacco Capital

 

 

 

 

 

Tobacco Tourism

 

 

 

 

 

Everyday Life

 

 

 

 

 

Image Credits

Richmond Club Tobacco Advertisement, 1920s, Courtesy of WM Morford Auctions

Virginia Slims Skiing Stars and Stripes USA Advertisement, 1973, Courtesy of fromjanet.com

Allen & Ginter Cigarette Card, 1887-1888, Courtesy of the American Studies Program

Marlboro Magazine Ad, 1963, Courtesy of the American Studies Program

Allen & Ginter Gem Catalogue, 1883, Courtesy of The Valentine

Lucky Strike Metal Tin, ca.1910s, Courtesy of antiquetobacco.com

Luckies’ Finer Tobaccos Lucky Strike Magazine Advertisement, 1940, Courtesy of the American Studies Program

Carter Davis, Wright Tobacco Pocket Tin Richmond VA, ca. 1900, Courtesy of icollect247

Tobacco Warehouse Scene Postcard, Front and Back, Richmond, VA, 1916, Courtesy of the American Studies Program

Lucky Strike Plant & American Tobacco Company Laboratory Postcard, ca. 1950s, Courtesy of the American Studies Program

Alexandra Byrum, Tobacco Row Historical Marker, May 1, 2020, Courtesy of Alexandra Byrum

Liggett & Myers Cigarette Factory Postcard, Front, February 1963, Courtesy of Card Cow

Liggett & Myers Cigarette Factory Postcard,  Back, June 1967, Courtesy of the American Studies Program

Hotel Rueger Matchbook, ca. 1930s, Courtesy of the American Studies Program

Philip Morris Manufacturing Center, Tour Brochure, ca. 1990s, Courtesy of the American Studies Program

8th Annual Tobacco Festival Poster, 1956, Courtesy of The Valentine

WRVA Edgeworth Tobacco Station, 1929, Courtesy of American Radio History

Angela Harrison, Lucky Strike Silo Photograph, ca. 2010s, Courtesy of Artworks Inc 

Alexandra Byrum, Richmond Cigar Factory Photograph, May 1, 2020, Courtesy of Alexandra Byrum

The Tobacco Company Restaurant Photograph, 2019, Courtesy of Allie + Austin

Nicole Sackley, Model Tobacco, January 27, 2020, Courtesy of Nicole Sackley

Philip Morris Cigarette Monument Photograph, 2015, Courtesy of The Daily Rant Blog

Carytown Tobacco Photograph, ca. 2019, Courtesy of Carytown Tobacco

 

 

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