"wooden Cherokee"

Cigar store Indian
Creative Commons AttributionCigar store Indian - Credit: Paul Martin Lester
In the 19th and early 20th centuries, tobacconists often advertised their business with a full-size wooden statue of an Indian outside the front door. Visual aides of this sort were useful at a time when a good percentage of one’s clientele might be illiterate. Cigars and pipes and accessories were associated with Indians because Native Americans had introduced Europeans to tobacco.