ROLY POLY "SINGING WAITER" Dixie Queen Tobacco Tin Replica by Cheinco Housewares Circa 1970's
Manufactured by Cheinco Housewares in the 1970s, this is a replica of an antique ROLY POLY DIXIE QUEEN TOBACCO TIN CONTAINER. The original antique tins were made around 1912.
The original manufacturer, Tindeco of Baltimore initially offered six different characters made to contain four separate brands of tobacco: Dixie Queen, Mayo, Red Indian and U.S. Marine. At its peak, the full collection of characters increased to 18 characters. Sometimes referred to as Brownie Tins, the lithograph tins were designed and marketed to hold brownies after the tobacco was used.
Collector's refer to this lithograph design as the "SINGING WAITER." The lithograph is detailed and includes a rendering of a box of Dixie Queen Plug Cut Smoking Tobacco on the back of the little round man's coat. He wears a bright yellow vest, white bow tie and smokes a cigar as he sings, "everybody's smoking, everybody's smoking Dixie Queen; everybody's doing the something." The details even include his "balding head."
The ROLY POLY DIXIE QUEEN TOBACCO TIN CONTAINER stands and 7" tall and 6" in diameter at the widest point. It has been carefully lithographed and made from combining 3 pieces of tin to shape a little round man. Two of the pieces are seamed at the belt line to form a body, and the third piece forms the head, which acts as the container lid to allow for storage.
The base is stamped:
This is a replica of an antique container manufactured in the United States circa 1912. Made By Cheinco Housewares A Division of Chein Industries, Inc. Burlington, N.J. PATENT APPLIED FOR
Near the base of backside, the tin is stamped:
THIS "BROWNIE" TIN COMES IN DIFFERENT DESIGNS GET A COLLECTION THIS BRAND OF TOBACCO HAS BEEN BEFORE THE PUBLIC FOR A GREAT NMBER OF YEARS--IN QUALITY IT STANDS UNSURPASSED
½” in diameter) on his head and another near the base on the side. All are difficult to see unless you view from the inside of the container.
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