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.

wrJapanese cigarette advertisement from the 1890s. The writing on the horse says ‘umai’, which in this context means ‘delicious’.
Huacheng Tobacco company
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Los Cigarillos Paris – Spanish Tobacco Advertisement – art by Aleardo Villa – 1901
DEC 12 1914 Fatima Cigarettes Judge Magazine
Charles Loupot, 1919
Havana Splendid Rond Vintage Poster
National Sportsman Magazine April 1927 camel cigarette advertisement
National Sportsman Magazine April 1927 camel cigarette advertisement
COLUMBIA Magazine July 1930 AIKSON Amusement Park Cover Vol. IX, No. 12 camel cigarette advertisement
COLUMBIA Magazine July 1930 AIKSON Amusement Park Cover Vol. IX, No. 12 camel cigarette advertisement
MAY 1930 NATIONAL SPORTSMAN MAGAZINE Lucky Strike Cigarette advertisement
MAY 1930 NATIONAL SPORTSMAN MAGAZINE Lucky Strike Cigarette advertisement
Hunting & Fishing Magazine August 1934 Chesterfield cigarette advertisement
Hunting & Fishing Magazine August 1934 Chesterfield cigarette advertisement
Chesterfield cigarettes in National Sportsman Magazine March 1935
Chesterfield cigarettes in National Sportsman Magazine March 1935
art by George Petty 1935
Outdoor Life April 1935 Camel cigarette advertisement
Outdoor Life April 1935 Camel cigarette advertisement
WOMAN'S WORLD Magazine May 1935 Chesterfield cigarette advertisement
WOMAN’S WORLD Magazine May 1935 Chesterfield cigarette advertisement
the country home magazine August 1936 chesterfield cigarette advertisement harp
the country home magazine August 1936 chesterfield cigarette advertisement harp
Outdoor Life October 1936 Hunting Sporting Fishing Cowboy Cover for digestion's sake smoke camels cigarette advertisement
Outdoor Life October 1936 Hunting Sporting Fishing Cowboy Cover for digestion’s sake smoke camels cigarette advertisement
The Digest - Literary Digest - Magazine - September 4th - 1937 Chesterfields cigarette advertisement
1937
Country Gentleman Magazine March 1941 tobacco pipe advertisement. I've removed the copy to highlight the beauty of the pipe.
Country Gentleman Magazine March 1941 tobacco pipe advertisement. I’ve removed the copy to highlight the beauty of the pipe.