Did you know there’s only ONE original Bull Durham Tobacco ad remaining in the Bull City?
You can find the last known Bull Durham Tobacco ad on the side of 156 Ramseur Street, which houses Teaser’s Mens Club. Hey, that’s where it is and the best view is from the back side, albeit you can catch a glimpse from Main Street.
It looks as though it was put on top of an older Bull Durham ad that included a bull with the infamous low fence.
Is it ironic that there’s now an air vent duct right through a tobacco ad?
Given that the focus was to bring Bull Durham to a global audience and bring their money back to the Bull, it makes sense that there is only one of these ads remaining. It wouldn’t have made sense to advertise for the tobacco that is the majority of the town’s employer. A timeless marketing lesson.
It’s no coincidence that Bull Durham tobacco was a global tobacco empire. W.T. Blackwell understood the value of art and the nuances of branding like no one had before. Essentially if it stood still long enough, he’d have a Bull Durham ad put on it.
Furthermore, he was absolutely obsessive and relentless about business. Always growing. Always bringing in money. Never stop expanding.
The “wall dog” ads could be seen through the U.S., Canada, Europe, and even some parts of Asia. Yes, that’s vague as Asia is the largest continent in the world, but that’s what’s in the history books to work with.
It was rumored for nearly 150 years that there was a Bull Durham ad painted on the Great Pyramid of Kafu. That turned out to be a wild embellishment perpetuated by men and dispelled by women. That’s covered in depth in "The Bulls of Durham" living history book.
Have you seen the last Bull Durham Tobacco wall dog ad in Durham? Have you ever seen one in a different city? Can you guess what building @BrianBonomoPhotography got access to in order to get this unBULLievaBULL photo?
This Bull City History Bit was brought to you in partnership with Brian Bonomo Photography. Thank you for being an incrediBULL & valuaBULL Community Partner.
The Bulls of Durham 1st Edition *Special Reserve
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Signed, first print copy of "The Bulls of Durham" living history book. Projected book launch is April 10th, 2019, Durham's 150th Anniversary. This purchase includes your book and support for the project.
"The Bulls of Durham" living history book blends Durham's rich history with stories and perspectives of our city's greats that are continuing to build upon that history. And in this way, this is the story of Durham, North Carolina through the bulls' eyes.
Learn how a city that literally started from a tobacco seed in the ashes of the Civil War grew into the best city on earth. Discover how a stolen bull brought about a history shifting, global tobacco empire; and how 150 years later that relates to a British mustard company having beef with Sheila. #NotSorry
Find out the backstory to how the now hippest, foodiest, tech-hub of the South also gave rise to the bullpen, billboards, branding and baseball cards. Delve into our city's strong Black history that proves "Do It Like Durham" isn't a passing trend and will give you a profound sense of reverence walking down Parrish Street.
Best of all, see the common thread that runs through the stories of teachers, politicians, business owners, hip-hop artists, painters, activists, historians, architects and the real Bull City OG's. Hint: it's the BULLief that in Durham anything is possiBULL.
Welcome to Durham the incrediBULL place where grit meets grace. Here all you have to have is a dream and faith the size of a tobacco seed, because well, tobacco seeds build global empires, not mustard seeds.
Project book launch date: April 10, 2019 - Durham's 150th Anniversary.
Cover Art by DeCario Allen.
Bull City Storytime
Have something special coming up in Durham and want to get the world out to an entire herd of Bull City loving folks? This affordaBULL Community Partnership Opportunity is PERFECT for you.
Promote your event, sale, product line, big news via @TheBullsOfDurham stories. Our HIGHLY engaged audience loves what we love, so let us love you in our stories.
Speaking from experience, Durham and most humans in general, need several reminders. Recommend to purchase 3 or more stories building up to your event, sale, etc. for best results. Pricing is per story slide. If your promotion needs more than 1 story slide purchase that number of story slides.
*Terms and conditions apply. The Bulls Of Durham LLC reserves the right to choose what will and will not be promoted via their avenues. No *risky* business as we have Young Bulls who read our content too - meaning while we practice non-judgment, kiddos don't need to be exposed to content about sexy time.
Bits of Bull City History
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