If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Leonard McCombe’s image that inspired the Marlboro Man campaign is worth over $15 billion. The photograph above shows Clarence Hailey Young, a foreman at the JA Ranch in Texas. McCombe had set out on assignment by Life magazine to document the real way of life ofContinue reading “Clarence Hailey Long, the Original Marlboro Man”
Benson & Hedges was founded in London in 1873 by Richard Benson and William Hedges as Benson and Hedges Ltd. Alfred Paget Hedges succeeded his father in the business in 1885, the same year which Richard Benson left the business. The 1900s saw branches of Benson & Hedges Ltd. opening in the United States andContinue reading “30 Funny Vintage Tobacco Ads by Benson & Hedges From Between the Late 1960s and 1970s”
This advertisement in particular was for cigarettes which was first issued in 1969 by Tipalet Cigarette Company. It pictures two attractive and young models, one male and one female. The woman meets the Western beauty standard, she has glowing tan skin, long lashes, doe eyes, long black eyelashes, full lips, white teeth, and has onContinue reading ““Blow in Her Face and She’ll Follow You Anywhere” – Tipalet Ad, 1969”
A hippie, also spelled hippy, especially in UK English, is someone associated with the counterculture of the 1960s, originally a youth movement that began in the United States during the mid-1960s and spread to other countries around the world. The word hippie came from hipster and was used to describe beatniks who moved into NewContinue reading “40 Vintage Hippie Photos That Defined a Generation”
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”
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”
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””
Cigarette ads featuring the kid-friendly figure of Santa Claus have been numerous from the past. The idea of St. Nick pushing coffin-nails may seem horrific today – but was a regular sight a few decades ago. So, check out these vintage cigarettes and tobacco ads featuring Santa Claus as a smoker.