A COLOR PORTRAIT OF "PETER JACKSON, COLORED," PUERTO RICAN-BORN BOXER, BY MECCA CIGARETTE COMPANY. Peter Jackson.
A COLOR PORTRAIT OF "PETER JACKSON, COLORED," PUERTO RICAN-BORN BOXER, BY MECCA CIGARETTE COMPANY.

A COLOR PORTRAIT OF "PETER JACKSON, COLORED," PUERTO RICAN-BORN BOXER, BY MECCA CIGARETTE COMPANY.

New York: Mecca Cigarette Company, [ca. 1910]. 3-1/4" x 2-1/2". A color portrait of Jackson, in the ring with white trunks, against an elegant Caribbean background. Light soil, Very Good.

The verso prints his date and place of birth [Porto Rico, 3 July 1861], his height [6'- 1/2"], and his record from 1882 through 1889. "Mecca Cigarettes Champion Athlete and Prize Fighter Series," printed at the bottom. An Australian citizen, he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and the Australia Boxing Hall of Fame. Wikipedia has an interesting article about his career and life.
"In the early 1900s, manufactures of Turkish and Egyptian cigarettes tripled their sales and became legitimate competitors to leading brands. One of the earliest successful Turkish cigarettes, Mecca was introduced by the Kinney Bros. Tobacco Company in 1878. The cigarette was named after the Muslim city of holy pilgrimage, Mecca, tying the cigarette closely to the exotic East. The American Tobacco Company acquired the Mecca brand in 1911 through the dissolution of the Cigarette Trust, accounting for the high quality of the Mecca advertisements in the following years." [web site of Stanford University, Research into the Impact of Tobacco Advertising.]. Item #36830

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