Whatever Happened to the Pocket Tin? (w/ pictures!)

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oklansas

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Apr 16, 2013
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Being the historian that I am, I was looking through old pipe adverting posters and happened across more than a few featuring pipe tobacco pocket tins - such as this:


(Used Velvet for the example because its the one I got from the STG free sample)
I was lead to wonder,
What ever happened to the pocket tin?

 

teufelhund

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My leather pouch is much more comfortable and less bulky. Plus If I pack only a bowl or two for the day it's smaller than if I filled it to the max or about 10 bowls. Tin doesn't do that, but they are really cool to look at.

 

oklansas

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Apr 16, 2013
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Well, one of the reasons I ask, prior to taking up the pipe, I'd use some old pocket tins to carry a small moleskin notebook, pens, business cards, etc. They were comfortable enough in a Suit pocket (I used the ones on the sides, not the interior breast pocket), not so much in a hip pocket.
Perhaps it was a loss in formal and business dress in the later 20th century that did it in?
BONUS PICTURE:



I like the slogan on this one, "A cargo of Contentment in the Bowl of any Pipe"

 

john218

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May 5, 2012
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In the postwar years, plastic started replacing metal in many uses.
Plastic pouches, when they came along, were cheaper and helped keep the tobacco fresher. Also, the tins would require a lot of storage space.
I will not bring up the Prince Albert joke, but I'm sure somebody will!

 

wildcat

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Jan 1, 2012
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Is that Prince Albert in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?
Love those old pocket tins!

 

oklansas

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Apr 16, 2013
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One of the more interesting ones I've found:


(Early 1900's Buckingham Bright Cut Plug Smoking Tobacco pocket tin from John J. Bagley & Co.)

 

misterlowercase

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May 31, 2012
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I like those old tins too.
I've read that PA was still available in pocket tins as late as 1985, complete with a barcode.

RJR sold the PA brand to John Middleton in 1987 and packaging changes occurred then too.
One source for finding good info is the Legacy Library. I went looking but didn't find anything about an official discontinuation of the pocket tins, but it's a vast swath of results to search thru and requires much patience, i usually only search thru the BAT archives for British info as it's easier to find...
...but what about this?

Dear Sir, there's a hair in my tobacco!

http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/action/document/page?tid=mol93i00
...or this document, Capt.Black has 18% PG & highest nic of the listed brands, Edgeworth is the 2nd lowest in nic! etc etc

http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/action/document/page?tid=bpm20d00&page=2
The curved pocket tins are cool too, like this one:


Here's a book with some good stuff, including old tins of SG Skiff 7 Grousemoor,

http://books.google.com/books?id=jSAxX7r3dQUC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false
A good selection of various pocket tins can be seen here:

http://antiquetobacco.com/tobacco-tins/pocket-tins/
All that beautiful lithography would cost a fortune nowadays!

 

lraisch

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I would speculate that these tins were primarily aimed at RYO smokers. You'll notice that the brands associated with this type of tin were commonly marketed as pipe and cigarette tobaccos. I expect they were much more convenient for shaking some tobacco into a paper than for filling your pipe bowl!

 

oklansas

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Apr 16, 2013
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Another thing I've potentially learned while searching around for pocket tin pictures, "Half and Half" is so called because it was originally a mix of half lucky strike and Buckingham Cut Plug tobaccos?


 

smith

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Apr 27, 2013
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mid-late 90's I, as a young lad smokrd velvet and pa out of a pocket tin like the one shown in the first post. I did not smoke a pipe often. instead, I rolled cigarettes by hand. I loved the velvet tin. coste about 1.50. miss it. miss the memories.