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Cigarette Tin

From the Collection of Anglesea and District Historical Society 5B McMillan Street Anglesea Victoria

Small, very rusty cigarette tin would have held 20 De Reszke virginia cigarettes. The cigarettes were named after Jean De Reszke (1850-1925), a famous Polish opera singer and were advertised as "The Aristocrat of Cigarettes". Produced by J. Millhoff (a Russian cigarette maker living in London). A special blend of tobacco - that was believed not to damage the famous singer's voice. In gratitude Millhoff was allowed to sell the brand as "De Reszke" cigarettes.
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Object Registration
smoking, de reszke, cigarettes, geoffrey phillips (aust) pty ltd, millhoff
When Made
Estimated date: 1920-1950
Made By
Millhof Co Pty Ltd
Inscriptions & Markings
Top: De Reszke / VIRGINIA / The Aristocrat of / CIGARETTES.
Two coats of arms - just visible on lid.
Sides: 20 De Reszke 20 / De Reszke CORK / Godfrey Phillips (Aust) Pty. Ltd., Melbourne, Australia.
MILLHOFF & C0 Pty Ltd.
Printed inside: "Just as good and pure a cigarette as was especially made for and always smoked by that great singer Jean De Reszske".
De RESZKE Virginia
Picture of gentleman above (head and shoulders).

Last updated
19 Apr 2019 at 5:02PM