Founded in 1810 by Jacob Frishmuth, this early Philadelphia firm was noted most for its’ many chewing and smoking tobaccos. The earliest ads pronounced that the firm was a maker of “sweet scented smoking tobacco” and pictured a black man puffing on a long pipe while seated among hogsheads of tobacco.
The company, located at 151 North Third Street, expanded over the years and employed more than a hundred skilled workers by the 1880s at a 2nd large factory on Quarry Street. By then, Jacob’s grandsons, J.C and E.H. Frishmuth headed up the firm. During the Civil War, J.C. served in the PA Volunteer Battery and was noted for his dedication to the troops under his command. He reportedly had wagon-loads of tobacco delivered to the soldiers on more than one occasion. Frishmuth’s tobacco brands such as Luxury, Poor Man’s, Mohawk, Orchid, Green Goose, Stag and Rainbow Cut Plug came in a variety of tins, and packages. Cigarette brands included Nationals, Resolute, Pals and Atta Boy.
In 1897, Frishmuth's was purchased by The Duke American Tobacco Co. Trust. I am not sure if production was relocated to Richmond,VA during this period as it was for most of the 300 small tobacco companies bought out by Duke but the Frishmuth brand name remained on the packaging and in 1911, when the trust was dissolved, the firm was definitely operating in Philadelphia. During WWI, the company was heavily involved in providing tobacco products to the military.Ads for Frishmuth brands continued well into the 1920s but the company seems to have ceased production by the 1930's.
Frishmuth's Tobacco Works in Philadelphia Resolute Cigarettes named for the Atta Boy was an early
1920 America's Cup Winner brand from Frishmuth
Nationals was a white burley brand introduced in the 1920s by Frishmuth