This is a picture of a drug store. The tobacco can is in the background on the shelves. The tobacco can was sold in Charlottetown, PEI, in about the late 1800s or early 1900s. It's made of tin and it had a twist off lid. It was rectangular with round corners, and was painted black,red and yellow. It's brand name was Rival Twist, and the tin was about one foot tall. That was pretty big for a tobacco can , so it held a lot of tobacco. The men could not smoke back then, so they chewed tobacco instead. They could not smoke on the job because they might set the field on fire. They did not risk it; instead, they just chewed tobacco. This item could be purchased at most drug or general stores. Today, tobacco cans are not made in PEI. All we have is cigarettes instead. I don't think people would think chewing tobacco is too appetizing today.
Two Macs Drug Store