Cigar Store Native American Replica – Taos, NM
November 18, 2019
I really loved the colors and textures of this wooden piece of art that stands outside of one of the souvenir stores in Taos, New Mexico. These advertising pieces were used in the past (17th to early 20th century) as descriptive figures to advertise their shops’ wares. Many people at that time were unable to read, so these descriptive figures and signs with likenesses of the main product inside the store that helped the early people know what was sold inside the store. Native Americans had been associated with tobacco because they introduced the plant to the Europeans. Some of the original carvings of the Native Americans are collector’s items sometimes drawing prices up to $500,000. The ones (very few) that we see today are modern replicas. The pieces fell out of favor due to our views of this as offensive to the Native Americans and because of the objections of advertising the use of tobacco.
“I believe that life is hard. That we all are going to walk through things that are hard and challenging, and yet advertising wants us to believe that it’s all easy.” ~ Jamie Lee Curtis
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Have a fine day today my friends!
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