Why is French tabac sign is carrot-shaped?

Tobacco was formerly sold in carrot shapped rolls, now the vegetable sign is obligatory

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The symbol for a Bureau de Tabac is called a carotte rouge (red carrot) and has been the obligatory sign for these specialist shops selling cigarettes and tobacco since 1906.

Modern signs are more in the shape of an elongated diamond, but they have always been linked to a carrot.

One common reason given to explain the shape and name of this iconic French shop sign is the old practise of using carrots to ...

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