Two (2) Bloch Brothers West Virginia Mail Pouch Tobacco advertising items. 1st item: Oil on canvas illustration painting for Mail Pouch Tobacco depicting a man in a suit and fedora purchasing a package of Mill Pouch package at a counter with text reading "Treat yourself to the best!" above "Chew Mail Pouch Tobacco" against a yellow background. Housed in a painted wooden frame. Sight – 12 3/8" H x 21 1/2" W. Framed – 16 1/2" H x 25 1/2" W. 2nd item: Enameled oblong tin Mail Pouch Tobacco thermometer with blue and yellow lettering against a red, white and blue background. Drilled holes to top and bottom for hanging. 16" x 1 3/4" piece of wood affixed en verso. 39" H x 8 2/8" W x 3/4" D. American, mid 20th century. Provenance: Brad Swanson Collection, Abingdon, VA. CONDITION: 1st item: Overall good condition with craquelure, areas of paint loss, warping to canvas, stretcher marks. 2nd item: Overall good condition with areas of rust, surface scratches, loss to enamel near bottom. Thermometer appears to be functional.
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