W. Duke, Sons & Co. records and advertising materials, 1876-1953
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- W. Duke, Sons & Co.
- W. Duke, Sons & Co. was a tobacco manufacturer founded by Washington Duke in 1881. His son, James B. Duke, later became president of the American Tobacco Company. Collection comprises a volume containing meeting minutes for shareholders and the Board of Directors, 1885-1891, along with a volume of company costs and expenses, 1909-1953. There are also advertising materials dated 1876-1904, including trading cards, albums, and other advertising collectibles from the W. Duke Sons & Co., Liggett & Myers, American Tobacco, and other tobacco companies.
- 6.5 Linear Feet
- Material in English
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The W. Duke, Sons & Co. records and advertising materials includes a volume containing meeting minutes for shareholders and the Board of Directors, 1885-1891, along with a volume of company costs and expenses, 1909-1953. There are also advertising materials dated 1876-1904, including a wide assortment of tobacco trading cards and other collectibles from the W. Duke, Sons & Co, Allen & Ginter, Kinney Bros. Co., Liggett & Myers, and many other tobacco brands. The collection has been arranged into Trading Cards, Booklets, Albums, and Assorted, depending on the format of the materials. The Trading Cards Series is by far the largest, and includes card collections of notable actresses, baseball players, public figures, and politicians, alongs with collections of country costumes, flags, wildlife, ships, musical instruments, and flowers. The Booklets series is a sort of subset of the trading cards, featuring small card-size booklets with stories and illustrations of famous people. The Albums Series includes bound scrapbooks, with individual collected cards, as well as albums published by the different tobacco companies that printed an entire series of cards. Finally, the Assorted Series includes stationary, oddly-shaped cards, background material, and cigarette boxes and tobacco pouches, some still full of cigarettes and tobacco.
- Biographical / historical:
W. Duke, Sons & Co. was a tobacco manufacturer founded by Washington Duke in 1881. His son, James B. Duke, later became president of the American Tobacco Company. For more information on Duke family history, please visit the University Archives.
- Acquisition information:
- The W. Duke, Sons Co. Advertising Materials were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book Manuscript Library as a gift. Formerly named the W. Duke, Sons Co. Records.
- Processing information:
Processed by Jane Metters, Mandy Lowell, and Elisabeth Narkin, completed January 2013
Encoded by Elisabeth Narkin, Meghan Lyon, January 2013
Updated by Kimberly Sims, August 2013 Updated by Alice Poffinberger, October 2015
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- Tobacco industry -- United States
Advertising -- Cigarettes
Advertising -- Tobacco
- Allen & Ginter
Kinney Brothers (New York, N.Y.)
Goodwin and Co. (New York, N.Y.)
Marburg Bros. (Baltimore, Md.)
Lone Jack Cigarettes Co. (Lynchburg, Va.)
S.F. Hesse and Co
William S. Kimball & Co. (Rochester, N.Y.)
W. Duke, Sons & Co.
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