Two advertising trade cards Cheap John’s tobacco New Bedford MA (19th)

$16.00 USD

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Two 19th century cards with nice images. One has a girl standing beside a huge fish (pike), Second has an outdoors water scene, with another scene inside a card.

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

In red:

From CHEAP JOHN,
THE TOBACCONIST,
125 ½ Union Street,
New Bedford, Mass.

 

Undated. Blank back.

2 ¾" x 4 ⅛"      4 ¾" x 3"

 


(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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