Retro Cigarette Advertisements

Looking at old cigarette advertisements, it’s hard to believe there were people in the world who didn’t smoke. Tobacco was associated with sex appeal, especially when tobacco companies decided they wanted women to take up smoking in equal numbers. Since cigarettes are shaped like tiny phalluses, these no doubt appealed to men in equal numbers.

Marketers even tied cigarettes to special occasions, hence the image below of Santa with a fag hanging out of his mouth.

Naturally, cigarettes and pipes were such a feature of everyday life that children’s picture books were full of them, too.


On paper, things look fine. Sam Dennon recently inherited significant wealth from his uncle. As a respected architect, Sam spends his days thinking about the family needs and rich lives of his clients. But privately? Even his enduring love of amateur astronomy is on the wane. Sam has built a sustainable-architecture display home for himself but hasn’t yet moved into it, preferring to sleep in his cocoon of a campervan. Although they never announced it publicly, Sam’s wife and business partner ended their marriage years ago due to lack of intimacy, leaving Sam with the sense he is irreparably broken.

Now his beloved uncle has died. An intensifying fear manifests as health anxiety, with night terrors from a half-remembered early childhood event. To assuage the loneliness, Sam embarks on a Personal Happiness Project:

1. Get a pet dog

2. Find a friend. Just one. Not too intense.




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