Wooden Indians – Cigar Store Indians

The history and origin of the East Coast Cigar Store Indian dates back to England in 1617, when small wooden figures called “Virginie Men” were placed on countertops to represent tobacco companies.

Back in those day’s most people couldn’t read, so they had to figure out how to let people know what their business was and thus the Indian holding cigars. Another example would be the barber pole.

The cigar store Indian or wooden Indian is an advertisement figure, in the likeness of a Native American, used to represent tobacconists

I have decided that I will devote this page to Cigar store Wooden Indians that I come across in my adventures!

If you have questions about where my pics come from or where to find more information about Wooden Indians, leave a message in the comments section below.

Bayers Indian

Seen at Bayers Traveling Humidor

The following 5 seen at Blue Torch, Tampa

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Seen in Outmans, Greenville, S.C.

Seen in Outmans

Seen in Outmans

Seen in Outmans

Seen at One Eyed Jacks, Sturgis S.D.

seen at Smokehouse, Thomasville, GA

seen at Smokehouse, Thomasville, GA

seen at Smokehouse, Thomasville, GA2

seen at Smokehouse, Thomasville, GA2

seen at Smokehouse, Thomasville, GA3

seen at Smokehouse, Thomasville, GA3

Old Cement Head, Thomasville, GA

Old Cement Head, Thomasville, GA

 

2 Comments

  1. Ben

    I have been looking online for years as of to what website is the main suppliers where you can buy these from for years, and I am so curious as to what online company accepts PayPal for these styles of Cigar Store Indians. I even asked “Yahoo Answers” the other day who commonly sells these. I have asked many people online. What online website is the main supplier that stocks and that accepts PayPal for many of these styles of Cigar Store Indians for a “Reasonable” price?

    • Hi Ben: thanks for checking out the site and my page about Cigar Store Indians. While I am no expert in what are commonly wooden Indians I have talked to some folks and done some searches on the internet.
      The term “reasonable price” is relative, as many of these totems are antiques and can ask for some pretty steep prices. There are apparently collectors out there who are willing to pay and the sellers have the right to charge as much as the market will bear.
      When you add onto that the need to only use PayPal I imagine you drastically reduce the possibility of finding one.
      Many of the people I know who have found a good deal on these, were at the right place with cash and walked away with some sweet deals.
      My best suggestion would be to get out and visit cigar shops and antique stores and thrift shops and when you find one that your interested in, make them a cash offer.
      By the way, I did a quick search on Ebay and found these and they accept PayPal! you can check them out here
      I hope this helped Ben and if you have any other questions feel free to ask.

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