Black Cat and Craven Virginia Cigarette Flat Fifty Tins - image 1 of 7

Black Cat Virginia Cigarette tin, blue flat fifty, 5 ¾” by 4 ¼”, 5/8” deep, has Canadian excise stamp, 50 Series C, The Black Cat cigarette was introduced in 1904 as one of the first machine-made cigarettes manufactured in Britain. The cat was used in some of the earliest cigarette promotions, including the Black Cat stamp album which was issued free to smokers. This lithographed tin features the iconic “Black Cat” face emblem and Art Deco geometric design. Strong metal hinge, wear around edges, back is scratched and has rust spots. See photos they are included as part of the description. Interior lid is close to MINT and has triple “c 50” tin container maker’s mark (Continental Can Corp Factory 50 Elwood, IN). No dings or dents, see photos for wear. After WWII the Black Cat brand was withdrawn from sale.

Craven A Cork Tipped Flat Fifty Cigarette Tin, 5 ¾” by 4 1/8” by 5/8”, Black Cat trademark on the front, cigarette were made by Carreras Tobacco Company. It got its start in the 19th century as a small shop known for the local cat who frequently enjoyed napping in its window, thus company adopted a black cat as its logo. The Craven A brands was launched in 1931, as the first machine made corked tip. Tin retains good color but lacks luster, edges are worn, has some scratches, see photos of the back for condition. The interior lid has some spots, original silver foil is included but wrinkled. Advertising claimed that Craven A was the most widely smoked cork tipped cigarette in the world by 1932.

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Black Cat and Craven Virginia Cigarette Flat Fifty Tins

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