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Dartmouth Tigers Wah-Hoo-Wah
History is a crooked timber, that’s for sure. Just when I was wondering how far back the Indian symbol went, up on eBay appeared a tobacco leather that seems to urge the assembled multitudes to chant for the Dartmouth T-I-G-E-R — even if the image of an American Indian is present, too:
Tobacco leathers were affixed to tobacco pouches to advertise tobacco companies or one’s affiliation. They were offered at the point of sale by makers of tobacco products. The seller asserts, with no documentary proof, that this leather dates to 1908.
Addendum: An alumnus writes in:
I really enjoyed today’s post. I have a similar paper version of your leather depicted below along with a description of these items. I picked mine up at a Nantucket flea market several years ago where they also had numerous versions of other Ivy League schools. I believe the tiger cheer was similar to that of the locomotive cheer, also popular at the time and not school specific.
He also included a more detailed description of the origins of tobacco leathers:
And a wonderful example of a Dartmouth tobacco silk that also includes the T-I-G-E-R chant (TRIGGER WARNING: avert your eyes if historical memorabilia might cause you severe emotional discomfort):
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
- The Dartmouth College Case
- 2007 Trustee Election
- Dartmouth Constitution
- Sunday Morning Sinatra
- The Indian Wars
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