The British American Tobacco (B.A.T.) company building on 22 Museum Road (now Huqiu Rd.)

Originally erected in 1907 as godown but then totally transformed and modernized between March 1924 & August 1925. B.A.T. (英美烟公司 or Yee Tsoong Tobacco Co. in Chinese) was the largest foreign cigarette company & at the zenith of its activities in 1937, manufactured and distributed around 55 billion machine-made cigarettes to Chinese consumers. Famous brands owned or distributed included Ruby Queen, Chienmen, Hatamen, Pirate, Capstan, Kingfisher, Three Castles as well as London Straight Cut, Sweet Caporal, Pin Head, De Luxe, Old Mill, Peacock and Atlas.

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