Egyptian Lady advertising Cheap John’s tobacco New Bedford MA (19th)

Great Egyptian-themed image of a beautiful lady in a luxurious head wrapping.  Advertising card for tobacco.

In red at bottom (low visibility)

From CHEAP JOHN,
THE TOBACCONIST,
125 Union Street,
New Bedford, Mass.

         

Undated. Blank back.

Joseph Cunha, a native of Brazil, was known as 'Cheap John'.

Nice condition. Small color nick, UR corner light crease

15 x 10.5 cm //  5 ½” x 4 ⅛”

Cheap John's New Bedford MA

(Courtesy www.digitalcommonwealth.org)

Joseph “Cheap John” Cunha was born in Pernambuco, Brazil, a city with strong ties to New Bedford. He first sold cigars from a small store on Union Street. Successful, he moved to larger quarters where he sold various types of tobacco and related sundries. He built an addition to the store and added a billiard and pool room. A costume department in the back outfitted those going to fancy balls and masquerades.

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