Mail Pouch Barn

Mail Pouch Barn

Image by Robb North
A Mail Pouch Tobacco Barn, or simply Mail Pouch Barn, is a barn with one or more sides painted from 1890 to 1992, in advertisement for the West Virginia Mail Pouch chewing tobacco company (Bloch Brothers Tobacco Company), based in Wheeling, West Virginia. At the height of the program in the early 1960s, there were about 20,000 Mail Pouch barns spread across 22 states.

41 thoughts on “Mail Pouch Barn

  1. Hello welcome back!!! *waves* :O) Nice old barn..interesting story Like those big painted letters a lot!!! Beautiful colors and texture!! Have a good weekend!!!

  2. Yay! You’re back! And I just happen to click on my contacts photos and yours is first and if I hurry, I might be first to post…but we both know that’s not possible 🙂 – the hurrying part! Especially since I needed time to view this wonderful image large and then check out the link so I can confirm that you didn’t make this up! …I’m still wondering…but it doesn’t really matter, because I love the picture anyway 🙂 Welcome back (I thought you might have broken the addiction, so sad for you that you didn’t – so great for the rest of us 😀

  3. Can tell with this, you had a fabulous time! Great info, great image, great processing……..and morning coffee once again complete with your images in my contact sheet!

  4. Now Robb ya gots me wunderun’……… did the stuff taste like an old mail bag, did it come in an old mail bag or ya ended up lookin’ like an old mailbag if ya chew da stuff……………. great photo, processing and description BTW!!!

  5. I love the simplicity of the composition and the contrast of the colors. The flatness to the shapes really makes this look like a painting. I feel like this is something you’d only see in WV or here in NC

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