Advertising and Marketing
vintage cigarette ads
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.
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?
April 18, 2008 at 2:53 am
haha! “I’d never smoke a BORING cigarette!” So much awesomeness packed into one post.
April 18, 2008 at 3:58 am
I like: Newport, Alive With Pleasure.
You know, as opposed to dead with cancer.
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.
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.
April 18, 2008 at 5:17 am
Cigarettes? Huh? I’m still stuck on that Democrat’s unibrow!
April 18, 2008 at 5:25 am
Is there really such a thing as a boring cigarette? Because I’ve never met one.
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.
April 18, 2008 at 6:05 am
What kind of whorey violinist is that?
April 18, 2008 at 6:32 am
I wonder if she could even play violin with those long nails…
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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?
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?
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.
April 18, 2008 at 8:18 am
That’s the violinist I want for my next birthday party.
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.
April 18, 2008 at 8:26 am
I’d leave a better comment, but I have to go smoke now….
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!
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. : )
April 20, 2008 at 8:11 am
Cigarette ads are like no other….
Smoke ’em if you got ’em!
April 22, 2008 at 1:47 pm
Those old ads are awesome! Great finds.
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