Bloch Brothers Tobacco Company
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|Headquarters||Wheeling, West Virginia|
|Products||Mail Pouch chewing tobacco|
The Bloch Brothers Tobacco Company (also known as Helme Tobacco Company) of Wheeling, West Virginia was a tobacco company. They were best known for their Mail Pouch chewing tobacco. Mail Pouch was a popular chew advertised on over 20,000 of barns, most of which were located in the rural Ohio River Valley. Each barn had an end or side painted with the familiar Mail Pouch lettering and advertising, "Treat yourself to the best."
The brothers began manufacturing cigars in 1879 as a side-line to Samuel Bloch's wholesale grocery business. It was discovered that the left-over cigar clippings could be flavored and packaged in a paper bag, and then sold. Mail Pouch chewing tobacco is still produced by Swisher International Group.
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