Sometimes detectorists may discover artefacts that revive dormant memories and remind them of past times. So it is with me. Nostalgia is also the bread and butter of the magazine Best of British, one that I have contributed to on several occasions. Detectorists’ finds are often a source of inspiration for my blog.
It was a recent find by a Canadian searcher that set the cogs in motion. ‘Beau’ (don’t know his real name) had found a match holder that looked like the one pictured below. Rather unusual don’t you think?
Con Jones was a flamboyant sportsman, tobacconist, and club and pool room operator in Vancouver from 1904 until 1929 … he was famous in Vancouver for his slogan ‘Don’t Argue’ which he started using in his regular newspaper advertisement in 1914. The ad read ‘Don’t Argue Con Jones Sell Fresh Tobacco.’ He eventually registered ‘Don’t Argue’ as a trademark. From the Museum of Vancouver
Con Jones produced an aluminium token of the two men arguing, to advertise his product and also to mark the Canadian Jubilee of Confederation.
Con marketed his tobacco under the brand name of ‘Don’t Argue’, which must be one of the most unique business logos ever: a guy in a bowler hat confidently muffling another man in the face. The store motto was ‘Don’t Argue, Con Jones Sells Fresh Tobacco’, and it may have featured on the first neon sign in Vancouver. *There is strong evidence hinting that Jones surreptitiously ‘borrowed’ the slogan and imagery which was also used by Hutton’s Hams & Bacons in his native Australia.
You will find detailed notes on Con Jones by clicking on the Old School Lacrosse who also provided the above extract and picture below.
It was Con’s packeted tobacco that reminded me of my younger, more active days. Tobacco came in tins and I was familiar with the St. Bruno (and Three Nuns) Brand, supplied by a pipe-smoking uncle. As a colliery electrician I used them to keep screws, connectors and other bits and pieces. As a detectorist I used a tin like this for many years to keep my special finds safe, snug in foam fabric layering the bottom. Happy detectorist days!
*The Strong Evidence
I mentioned above that Jones had ‘probably’ borrowed the phrase and imagery from Australia. Take a look at the advertising poster below and tell me what do you think. The jury is out … oh, they’re back. That didn’t take long. And what is your verdict?
Yes, the evidence hinting that Jones surreptitiously ‘borrowed’ the slogan and imagery used by Hutton’s Hams & Bacons in his native Australia, is rather strong and convincing.
It looks as though the ‘Don’t Argue’ means of advertising was world -wide. Here’s one front England selling razor blades ( I think ). Copyright didn’t seem much of a problem in those days.
The catalyst for this blog post was a find shown by ‘beau’ on the Canadian forum (CMD) Thank you!