Update

Welcome back! New-York Historical is now open for visitors. Book your timed-entry tickets. And reserve separate, timed-entry tickets for our free, outdoor exhibition Hope Wanted in the rear courtyard.

Tobacco

Object Number: 
2002.1.2922
Date: 
1880-1920
Medium: 
Metal, paper
Dimensions: 
3 x 2 x 1 in.
Description: 
A plain rectangular gray metal box with a lid that opens on a hinge once contained snuff tobacco. The inside of the box lid is lined with brown paper printed in black with a cartoon showing a spitting man being arrested while a woman and children look on entitled "Constable arresting a man for chewing Tobacco". The label on the inside bottom describes the social and health benefits of snorting tobacco as snuff rather than chewing and spitting it.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Bella C. Landauer
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group