Act 2 from a set of trade cards for Jackson's Best Chewing Tobacco
How Adolphus Slim Jim Used Jackson's Best and Was Happy. A Lenghty Tale in Seven Acts

Artist/maker unknown, American. Printed by Donaldson Brothers, Five Points, New York.

Geography:
Made in Five Points, New York, United States, North and Central America

Date:
c. 1875-1890

Medium:
Chromolithograph (detached part of eight-fold trade card set)

Dimensions:
Sheet: 5 1/8 x 3 7/16 inches (13 x 8.7 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1989-8-89

Credit Line:
The William H. Helfand Collection, 1989

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  • PublicationPicture of Health: Images of Medicine and Pharmacy from the William H. Helfand Collection

    A series of cartoons, in a sequential form similar to that of contemporary comic strips, tells of "How Adolphus Slim-Jim Used Jackson's Best [Chewing Tobacco] and Was Happy." In two of the illustrations a physician takes the patient's pulse, diagnoses the young man's lovesickness, and prescribes Jackson's tobacco, which leads to a happy ending to the story. Originally published as part of a booklet, each card includes a sizable advertisement for Jackson's Best to reinforce its message and to insure continued publicity in case the pages were separated. William H. Helfand, from The Picture of Health: Images of Medicine and Pharmacy from the William H. Helfand Collection (1991), p. 113.