Vintage Portraits of 30 Beautiful Young Actresses on Cigarettes Tobacco Cards From the Early 1900s

Tobacco cards were first included in cigarette packs in the 1870s, with the purpose of stiffening each pack to lessen the chance that it would be crushed or bent. It wasn’t long before some enterprising soul saw their potential for brand promotion and a new advertising medium was born. By the mid-1880s, manufacturers were printingContinue reading “Vintage Portraits of 30 Beautiful Young Actresses on Cigarettes Tobacco Cards From the Early 1900s”

Amanda Marie Ellison: The Story of the 9-Year-Old Smoking Girl in Mary Ellen Mark’s Famous Photo

In 1990, the late American photographer Mary Ellen Mark captured a photo titled “Amanda and her Cousin Amy,” which showed a 9-year-old girl named Amanda smoking a cigarette while standing in a swimming pool with her 8-year-old cousin, Amy. It’s a striking photo that became one of Mark’s most famous works, but have you everContinue reading “Amanda Marie Ellison: The Story of the 9-Year-Old Smoking Girl in Mary Ellen Mark’s Famous Photo”

30 Outrageous Vintage Cigarette Ads Claimed That “More Doctors Smoke Camels Than Any Other Cigarette”

One common technique used by the tobacco industry to reassure a worried public was to incorporate images of physicians in their ads. The none-too-subtle message was that if the doctor, with all of his expertise, chose to smoke a particular brand, then it must be safe. Unlike with celebrity and athlete endorsers, the doctors depictedContinue reading “30 Outrageous Vintage Cigarette Ads Claimed That “More Doctors Smoke Camels Than Any Other Cigarette””