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Mail Pouch Tobacco Barn - Boyertown PA

Updated: Aug 18, 2022

Mail Pouch Tobacco barns are hard to find these day, but this beauty is nestled on Farmington Avenue, Boyertown, PA, Berks County.

The once common Mail Pouch Tobacco Barns could often be seen on a country ride in the 1950s and 1960s. The barns can be found in Connecticut, California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and West Virginia. Many of the barns have fallen into disrepair or have been demolished.

The barns, usually hand-painted in black or red with yellow or white capital lettering, read as: "Chew Mail Pouch Tobacco--Treat Yourself to the Best." Sometimes, they are surrounded on the left and right by a thin vertical blue border.

Initially, barn owners were paid between $1-$2 a year for the advertisement, equivalent to about $20–40 today. Mail Pouch would paint their message on one or two sides of the barn depending on visibility from the roadway.

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