American Indians

Once on Rye’s High Street

Once on Rye’s High Street

Two figures discovered during building work on Rye’s High Street  were originally used to signpost a tobacconist’s shop. Resembling others known to have been used about 1750, they are curious in two ways. The custom of using wooden Indians as visual symbols for a tobacconist arose in America.  Tobacco was associated with Indians  and potential … read more …

First posted in From Our Collection on 8th February 2013
Last updated: 22nd March 2013
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