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Cigar-store Indians

  • Here are entered works on life-sized wooden carvings of Indians used as advertising for tobacco stores.

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    • Indians, Cigar-store
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    • found: Work cat.: Gross, E. Containing the Indian threat : cigar-store Indians in nineteenth-century America, 2011:p. 1 (Known colloquially as "cigar-store Indians," these life-size figures proliferated in the United States beginning in the early 1850s until they fell out of fashion in the 1890s)
    • found: Wikipedia, Nov. 8, 2011(Cigar store Indian. The cigar store Indian or wooden Indian is an advertisement figure, in the likeness of an American Indian, made to represent tobacconists; the figures are often three-dimensional wooden sculptures several feet tall, up to life-sized. They are still occasionally used for their original advertising purpose but are more often seen as decorations or advertising collectibles)
    • found: Art and architecture thesaurus online, Nov. 8, 2011(cigar-store Indians (preferred); variant terms: cigar-store Indian; Indians, cigar-store; Indians, wooden; wooden Indians. Hierarchical position: signs (declaratory or advertising artifacts) - <signs by function> - identification signs - shop signs - tobacconists' figures - cigar-store figures. Note: Cigar-store figures representing American Indians; popular as cigar store advertising signs from the 1850s until the 1890s)
    • found: Thesaurus for graphic materials, via WWW, Nov. 8, 2011(Cigar store Indians. BT Wood carvings)
    • found:, Nov. 8, 2011(cigar-store Indian: a wooden statue of an American Indian, traditionally displayed at the entrance of cigar stores)
    • found: Web. 3(cigar-store Indian, n. usu. cap. I: a wooden effigy of an American Indian at a cigar-store door)
    • found: S and S hand carved cigar store Indians and other wooden figures website, Nov. 8, 2011(Cigar store Indians are a form of American folk art dating back to the 1800s. They were commonly placed on the walk in front of tobacconist shops to direct illiterate customers to the shop. Also, since there were so many immigrants that couldn't read English, it was common to use visual trade signs such as a carving instead of written signs to bridge the language barrier. The cigar store Indian was said to be the most popular trade sign but other businesses used trade signs too.)
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    • Here are entered works on life-sized wooden carvings of Indians used as advertising for tobacco stores.
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    • 2012-01-09: new
    • 2014-03-29: revised
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