Banners were large picture signs used to attract customers in stores. Usually around 30 inches in length, but the size can vary greatly. Many of the banners have metal strips at the top and bottom edges to help with hanging.
Finding these banners now is not easy and they generally do not come up for auction very often. The main tobacco companies of the late 19th century all produced banners, Allen & Ginter, Duke, Goodwin, Kimball, Kinney as well as others.
Allen & Ginter – World’s Decorations Banner (ACC# G22)
Sold for $1,972.00 (2006)
Dukes – Actresses (ACC# G40)
Kinney – Naval Vessels of the World (ACC# G93)
Sold for $4,060 (2006)