Whacky Tobacky

8 Mar

Anyone familiar with Saint John’s uptown area has seen this faded sign along the water front.  One of several reminders of Saint John’s storied past, I thought I’d try and learn a bit about Shamrock Tobacco and share it in my blog.  Sadly, no one seems to know much about it.  I’m guessing this sign was painted in the 40’s and all that Google can offer me besides a few tins and tobacco cutters on auction sites, are links to a few current tobacco shops in the US. 

I was however, not suprised to see this picture all over the internet as I appearantly am not the only one wondering about Shamrock Plug Tobacco.  The only other evidence I could find relating to this era of the company was part of a series of photographs on the history of the railroad in Nova Scotia. 

The image below was described as, “B & W Postcard Of Lunenburg Railway Wharf. In The Foreground At The Beginning Of The Wharf Is A Shed With A Sign The Reads “Smoke / Shamrock / Plug / Tobacco”. There Is A Pile Of Crates Outside Of The Shed And A Small Lying Right Side Up Just Outside The
24 Mar, 1916.

Maybe this painted sign on Water Street preceeds the 40’s?  Maybe it was painted closer to the turn of the century.  If you have any clues, I’d love to hear them.


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