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Cigarette silk

Object Number: 
2002.1.2685
Date: 
1890-1920
Medium: 
Cloth
Dimensions: 
3 x 2 1/2 in.
Description: 
A small natural beige silk cloth printed with a color cartoon featuring the "Zira Girls" with women's heads and cigarette bodies. This cartoon is entitled "Made For Men" and shows two Zira girls labeled "Etta" and "Clarissa" being carried by a man in a straw hat, with the caption "Clarissa: Oh! Etta, I See Our Finish!/ Etta: Me Too!" Printed "Zira Cigarettes" at the bottom edge. One of a series of comic cartoons. Given as collectible premiums by cigarette manufacturers.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Bella C. Landauer
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group