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image of Cigar Store Figure Cigar Store Figure
Rendered by Elizabeth Johnson (artist), c. 1942
watercolor, pen and ink, and graphite on paper
overall: 35.2 x 28 cm (13 7/8 x 11 in.)
Index of American Design
1943.8.16858
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From the Tour: Woodcarving from the Index of American Design
Object 7 of 26

Wooden figures produced for tobacco shops included many subjects other than Indians. This example represents a lady of fashion, dressed in a costume for riding a horse. Her stance is quite daring for the Victorian period: by revealing her ankles she shows to what lengths tobacconists would go to attract customers. The figure comes from Arizona, a state where there were few women and where such a gesture would be sure to command attention.

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