For over 100 years, Red Man tobacco has embodied the traditions and values that have helped shape America. But it didn't happen overnight.
In 1887, grocer turned entrepreneur John W. Pinkerton purchases a fledgling Ohio tobacco company and gives it the family name: The Pinkerton Tobacco Company.
In 1904, Red Man goes into production, first hitting shelves in Toledo, Ohio. Although its beginnings are humble, its stint as little-known chew won't last long.
In 1911, Red man gains its freedom from the grip of "The Trust" - a tobacco monopoly with a crushing hold on the industry - and starts growing so rapidly that it will soon earn the label "America's Best Chew®".
1922: With his passing, John W. Pinkerton's son-in-law, Orr Bovard, and son Sherwood Pinkerton Jr., assume control of the company. Red Man stays in the family.
1940: The Red Man tradition is passed on as Sherwood Pinkerton Jr. succeeds his brother-in-law to lead the Pinkerton Tobacco CO.
Red Man quickly became the tobacco of choice for fishermen, factory workers, hunters, farmers and countless others by the 1950s.
Red Man fills its first pouch in 1967, making the move to put all its product in an innovative foil packaging. The pouches keep America's Best Chew® fresher, longer than the wax paper boxes they replaced.
Nearly 80 years after the birth of Red Man, Pinkerton Tobacco introduces Golden Blend: A smooth, balanced take on the Original that doesn't stray from the legendary Red Man flavor.