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Prussia Advertising Button Museum
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PRUSSIA.
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Illustration of a red flag with a white shield with black bird in the center on a white background with black text

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SWEET CAPORAL CIGARETTES STANDARD FOR YEARS Factory No 42 4th District NC THE WHITEHEAD & HOAG CO NEWARK, N.J. PATENTED JULY 21, 1896

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Prussia, whose flag is pictured here, was fully incorporated into Germany under the Weimar Republic after territorial losses during World War I. After Adolf Hitler rose to power in 1933, Prussia’s legislature and constitution were abolished.

Designed and manufactured by Whitehead & Hoag Co. advertisers like Sweet Caporal cigarettes were able to insert their own backings to this button. Sweet Caporal was a brand of cigarettes created by the Kinney Brothers Tobacco Company in 1878 and sold to the American Tobacco Company in 1911.  Sweet Caporal was a very popular brand, especially in Canada during the early part of the 20th Century.  In 1908, 50% of cigarette sales in Canada were comprised of the Sweet Caporal brand.

 

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Prussia. (2019). In Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved from https://www.britannica.com/place/Prussia

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AD0858
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