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Ryan-Hampton Tobacco Co. Photograph Collection
The Filson Historical Society Special Collections Louisville, Kentucky 40208 USA
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[Identification of item], Ryan-Hampton Tobacco Co. Photograph Collection, ca. 1914, Special Collections, The Filson Historical Society, Louisville.
The Ryan-Hampton Tobacco Co. had its beginnings in the Hettermann Bros. Co., cigar manufacturers. John and William Hettermann, brothers who came to Louisville from Germany, founded the cigar manufacturing business in 1870. They operated at different locations until 1895 when they moved to South Floyd Street. The company became the Ryan-Hampton Tobacco Co. They were in business at the South Floyd Street location until the 1940s. The company produced tobacco twists under several brand names, including "Allen County Twist," "Railroad Twist," and "Shepherd Twist." Photographs in the collection picture workers at different tasks, including removing tobacco leaves from hogsheads, women making tobacco twists, weighing and packing finished twists, and shipping twists in a variety of labeled crates
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