Today’s Post is Sponsored By… April 18, 2008 / Neil Kramer / 28 Comments Advertising and Marketing vintage cigarette ads Previous post Celebrity Strollers Next post Marital Thought of the Day 28 Comments WCGB April 18, 2008 at 2:14 am Wow-sex sells lots of things, but cigarettes have a special place in the retinue. That guy in the Camel ad is a Mark Spitz look-alike. Print ads sure used to have a lot of copy. Reply better safe than sorry April 18, 2008 at 2:35 am i’ve never been a smoker, don’t get it at all. is that camel dude tom selleck, cuz i thought he did a cig commerical back in my day? Reply Assertagirl April 18, 2008 at 2:53 am haha! “I’d never smoke a BORING cigarette!” So much awesomeness packed into one post. Reply blackbird April 18, 2008 at 3:58 am I like: Newport, Alive With Pleasure. You know, as opposed to dead with cancer. Reply Elisabeth April 18, 2008 at 4:08 am I did go through a brief phase, at age twenty or so, when I smoked Tiparillo-like cigars (this was in France, and I can’t recall the brand name. I was basically a Gauloises/Gitanes smoker. I quit years ago.) There is, of course, something highly sexual about the act of smoking (there’s got to be some scholarly stuff on that somewhere.) I had never seen anything like that last ad for the Tiparillos – weird portrayal of a sexually liberated woman who is still being used as a sex object (with “no strings attached.”) And, of course, sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. Reply Kyra April 18, 2008 at 4:24 am Wow, that last one! Whoa! I’ve never smoked. I think it’s horrid. Smells bad and everything. yuck. Reply DaveX April 18, 2008 at 5:17 am Cigarettes? Huh? I’m still stuck on that Democrat’s unibrow! Reply Finn April 18, 2008 at 5:25 am Is there really such a thing as a boring cigarette? Because I’ve never met one. Reply Dagny April 18, 2008 at 5:45 am Too funny. And I will let you know that if you smoke a cigarette just right, guys will buy you drinks. At least that has worked for me in the past. Reply Ginormous Boobs April 18, 2008 at 6:05 am What kind of whorey violinist is that? Reply DaveX April 18, 2008 at 6:32 am I wonder if she could even play violin with those long nails… Reply Memarie Lane April 18, 2008 at 6:39 am Camel man needs to do something about his toe. C’mon now, do men really think that’s sexy??? Ew! Reply AnnieH April 18, 2008 at 6:47 am “Winston tastes good like a cigarette should” for those us who like the eat our way into lung cancer. Reply Porter April 18, 2008 at 7:02 am And here’s the difference between men and women: I didn’t even notice the “violinist” had fingers, let alone fingernails. Reply bookfraud April 18, 2008 at 7:05 am nothing like some outright phallic symbolism to sell cancer sticks. i especially liked the viceroy “super longs.” though the copy on the tiparillo ad is totally great. “after a tough evening with the beethoven crowd…listen to folk-rock records. preferably on your stereo…musicshe’s open minded…and, you dog, you’ve got both kinds in hand…” they don’t write ad copy like that anymore. too bad. Reply churlita April 18, 2008 at 7:08 am I love those old cigarette ads. I remember a billboard by our house in Phoenix changed every month to either cigarette or alcohol ads. We got to check it out every day on our way to school. what an education. Reply Heidi April 18, 2008 at 7:09 am I thought the last one with the violinist was a ha ha, doctored-up one for the grand finish. It’s for REAL? Reply Dana Whitaker April 18, 2008 at 7:13 am Where can I get a pair of lumberjack hot pants like the woman in the Camel ad? Those are sex-ay! Reply Neil April 18, 2008 at 7:29 am This is an example of how nostalgia works. Back then, these ads were disgusting. Now, they are incredibly cool, right? Reply HeyJoe April 18, 2008 at 7:44 am I too love those old ads. I love sifting through old issues of Life just to see the advertisements. And is that violinist Beverly D’Angelo? Reply melanie April 18, 2008 at 8:08 am “where excitement is now a flavor” i think I could use that line in my daily life. Yea! i am with joe on sifting through old life mags to see the ads. fun stuff. Reply Karl April 18, 2008 at 8:18 am That’s the violinist I want for my next birthday party. Reply buzzgirl April 18, 2008 at 8:22 am What. The. Hell? That last ad is freaking me out! Also, I love how the Surgeon General’s warning is so general, “cigarette smoking is dangerous to your health.” And Kools taste good “even when you have a cold?” Wow. Just wow. Smoking sucks. Reply Mr Lady April 18, 2008 at 8:26 am I’d leave a better comment, but I have to go smoke now…. Reply Loralee April 18, 2008 at 9:29 am I think that I am in the “WTF?” confusion of the last ad. However, the porn stash that the guy is sporting in the Camel is just HAWT! Reply John April 18, 2008 at 9:36 am Can’t we go back to a time when we were stupid and smoke all we want without the guilt and fear? I’ve got some of these too. : ) Reply Kristabella April 20, 2008 at 8:11 am Cigarette ads are like no other…. Smoke ’em if you got ’em! Reply Atomic Bombshell April 22, 2008 at 1:47 pm Those old ads are awesome! Great finds. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.