Dobie's pipe tobacco did not start in the "traditional" tobacco company fashion. Originally founded in 1809 as a tallow working company, they first manufactured long burning candles and supplied the by-products to local soap makers.
It was not until the mid-1880s that the company would begin producing pipe tobacco, and not until 1890 that the new factory was opened. The main brand, "Four Square," quickly gained popularity, and it was debated how the brand got that name.
Some contend it was a play on the old-timey phrase getting a "square deal," fair and reasonable treatment from the company. Others say it was a more geographic name, from the four squares the factory was near in Paisley, Scotland.
The oldest documentation we can find dates back to the 1930s. Older advertisements are probably lost to time, but old memorabilia can still be found in some places.
In 1936, it was necessary for Dobie's to expand again, which meant a new extension for their factory. Their growth meant they were able to cultivate their already impressive reach, further developing their products.
Eventually, times got difficult for Dobie's, and they would lose profit steadily for a number of years before finally getting bought out in 1956. The factory that helped produce the tobacco was shut down at that time, and the brand was in peril of being lost forever.
Thankfully, a couple of different companies took charge of keeping this old brand going. First, it was in Denmark, later getting manufactured in the United States, where it still gets made today.
We offer many blends of the Four Square tobacco, and they can be great tobaccos for any time of the day. These are great takes on a very old and very popular tobacco from Scotland.
We highly recommend giving these a chance, and you might find something new and fresh for your tobacco rotation and don't forget to check out our pipe accessories too.