Welcome to the Wacky Wednesday edition of the American Treasure Tour blog. It's so wacky, in fact, that it's coming out on a Monday. Just go with it. We don't know why either. Today, we are going to honor a very important item displayed in the Toy Box here at the Tour that VERY few people ever notice. We feel confident saying that because it's located on a shelf above eye level not especially close to the tram ride tour route. It's a can. And it once contained tobacco - something we do not advocate the consumption of (especially for dogs!). The tobacco was introduced by the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in 1907 and remains on the shelves today to people who choose to ignore our admonition that you refrain from using this product.
It's named after the man who would become Kind Edward VII of England (1841 to 1910, King from 1901 until his death), inspired by a portrait of the King given to R.J. himself by none other than Mark Twain. Of course, you've likely never heard of Edward VII tobacco, and that's because it wasn't called that. Prior to his ascension to the throne, Edward was affectionately called Prince Albert. And the product was often sold in a can. So, if ever you are asked if Prince Albert was ever in a can, you now know that yes, in fact, he was.