Main Street USA: This Cigar Store Indian acts as a marker to Disneyland's past. Located behind the wooden figure, was the original location for the Disneyland Tobacco Shop. When Disneyland opened in 1955, tobacco & smoking were very much in vogue, as Hollywood portrayed smoking as debonaire & glamorous. According to Yesterland.com, until it was closed permanently in 1991, the shop offered cigarettes, pipes, tobacco paraphernalia and even complementary Disneyland matchbooks.
- Why a giant wooden statue of a Native American (American Indian)?
Introduced at a time in History when most people were illiterate, emblems were used to advertise the wares available at specific shops. Oversized locks or keys symbolized locksmiths, red & white striped poles for bloodletters/barbers, anvils for blacksmiths/metalworkers and scissors denoted shops for tailors/dressmakers. Since Native Americans introduced tobacco to European explorers and settlers, Cigar Store Indians were used as a symbol to the masses that tobacco was sold at that specific shop.