Dating tobacco tins

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The following information can be used to help document the age of your tins.You will be fortunate to date your tin right away, most of them will require you to carefully study their appearance both from a structure stand-point and how they are decorated or finished.Knowing when these events took place and matching them to the name on the tin can help.Along the same lines; if you also collect magazines/newspaper ads for these companies/brands, they can date your tin by matching your tin's description to that in the ad.

Some collectors shy away from collecting tins with paper labels, but besides being very attractive, they can provide the name of the label's printer or lithographer.

There are some exceptions to this; images of Abe Lincoln and Ben Franklin have endured for hundreds of years in advertising.

You may need to invest in some good history books, encyclopedias, and old product sales catalogs for reference sources.

I'm going to be guessing here, but I would think that the "Limited Edition" became widely used after the 1970's.

Many tins marked with this usually have a date associated with its issuance.

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