Duke Cigarette Booklets of Civil War Generals

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Virtual or On-line Exhibit

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In the 1870’s and early 1880’s paraphernalia concerning the U.S. Civil War appeared in huge numbers. Books, articles, art work, and other items flooded the country. W. Duke and Sons was an innovative tobacco and cigarette company that exploited the popularity of Civil War heroes to promote their cigarettes. In the 1880’s, they produced fifty small booklets about both Union and Confederate heroes that were included as premiums in Duke cigarette packs. If customers collected 100 coupons included with the booklets, they could redeem them for a souvenir album. This is an exhibit of six booklets of Confederate Generals, all found in the Rosanna Blake Library.