Although these types of advertising figures traditionally depicted Native Americans, this was not always the case. Below are examples of cigar store advertising statues depicting a variety of subjects.
We hope that you have enjoyed this look back at the cigar store Indian, in all his (and her) forms. What surprised me in preparing this article was how many variations there were, and how very often the statues had nothing to do with Native Americans.
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