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Walla Walla Penitentiary Prison Art - 1957 Handmade Signed Cigarette Box - Possibly Native American

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I found this expressive piece of pyrographic handiwork in a thrift shop. It's made of wood and has a hinge-lidded box for holding cigarettes and a space for what may have held an ashtray. It's decorated with deer tracks and dogwood flowers which may explain the scrap of paper found inside stating that it was made by a Native American while serving time at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla. I have no way of verifing this, but there does seem to be a signature and a number burned inside the box though I'm not able to decipher it.

Between the box and the heart shape there is an inscription that reads, "Souvenir of Walla . Walla . Wash. 1957". It's missing a foot on the bottom and the paper backing is torn and brittle.

Measures10 inches long by 6 inches at it's widest by 4 inches tall.

An intriguing bit of history with a warm, simple charm.

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Walla Walla Penitentiary Prison Art - 1957 Handmade Signed Cigarette Box - Possibly Native American


Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Materials: wood, metal, paper
  • Only ships within United States.
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  • Favorited by: 7 people