Tobacco Leaf: Tobacco and E.J. Parrish 

Category
Historical Markers

The tobacco leaf is featured in this art installation, as tobacco has been a crucial component of Durham's history.  Parrish Street itself was named for tobacco tycoon E.J. Parrish and his father.  Parrish Street was also the site of Parrish's expansive 1879 warehouse. Early tobacco entrepreneurs such as Parrish, James B. Duke, Julian Carr, John Green, and W.T. Blackwell transformed Durham’s business landscape.


Below are some advertisements used by some of these tobacco companies during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  




Durham Whiffs. Cartoon booklet produced by Blackwell Tobacco, circa 1888-1927. Courtesy Duke University Libraries, Emergence of Advertising in America collection.




Receipt issued from Durham Warehouse (opened by E.J. Parrish), circa 188-1927. Courtesy Duke University Libraries, Emergence of Advertising in America collection.




The Four Great Brands of Cigarettes, 1888. Courtesy Duke University Libraries, Emergence of Advertising in America collection.