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“…It is insane when thinking about how much gramms of this snuff tobacco we took on the mine floor.” - This is a quote of a former Dutch miner.
As this quote indicates, seeing a miner sniffing some snuff tobacco was a common scene within the mines. Moreover, snuff tobacco was especially handy, since usual cigarettes were striclty forbidden within the mines, due to explosion danger. Therefore, these smoke-free tobacco products, which were sniffed as a pulver from the back of the hand, were quite popular among miners.
The name of the brand is printed on the bottle: Pöschl Schmalzer. What is behind this name? The German brand Pöschl Tabak GmbH was founded in 1902 and is worldwide the largest snuff tobacco company. Its products, bottles and equipments are quite often in German and Dutch mining museums to be found, due to their uniqueness and their historical value.
Schmalzer is a Bavarian speciality which is originally made of brasil tobaccos.
Created by: Laura Plum