Category:
Tobacco and Smoking

Follies of the Mad Men #101



Why can't SpongeBob be as upfront about his nicotine addiction as Fred and Barney? (Note: I created this post prior to its release days ago--and then Boing-Boing scooped me! Oh, well, great minds and all that...)

Posted By: Paul - Fri Apr 30, 2010 - Comments (4)
Category: Addictions, Tobacco and Smoking, Cartoons, 1960s

Smokes for Xmas



And yet another perfect Xmas present: cancer sticks!

Posted By: Paul - Sun Dec 20, 2009 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Holidays, Tobacco and Smoking, 1950s

Vintage Canadian Anti-tobacco Ad



One of the more creative anti-smoking ads....

Posted By: Paul - Sun Sep 06, 2009 - Comments (3)
Category: Addictions, Death, Tobacco and Smoking, Advertising, Fantasy, 1970s, North America

Follies of the Mad Men #64

A prosperous banker-type, an American Indian, a sailor (or is he a Turkish immigrant?), and what looks to be Uncle Sam, are all sitting around in front of a billboard, having a gay old chat, when out of a handy box pops the sexy cigarette fairy, who dispenses butts to all, even scattering them around in bountiful waste. Then a sign is unfurled, claiming WE ALL SMOKE.

Massive WTF attack, all thanks to Thomas Alva Edison!

Posted By: Paul - Mon Apr 20, 2009 - Comments (10)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Movies, Tobacco and Smoking, Nineteenth Century

Follies of the Mad Men #63

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[From Playboy magazine for February 1970.]

Was this behavior ever really sexy or cool, or a good way to pick up women?

Posted By: Paul - Wed Apr 08, 2009 - Comments (14)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Sexuality, Tobacco and Smoking, Men, Women

Follies of the Mad Men #60

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[From Playboy magazine for December 1965.]

Okay, we get it. Your product has an odd name that might lend itself to a double entendre. Such a campaign worked for Smucker's Jelly & Jams, of course. But the problem lies with the verb "sniff." If the ad had read "May I hold your Klompen Kloggen," all would have been good smutty fun. But although you can indeed hold the unlit tobacco, you can't "hold" the delightfully aromatic pipe smoke (the selling point). So the copywriter is forced to use "sniff."

But sniffing some private portion of another individual (the inescapable connotations of "May I sniff your BLANK...) conjures up all sorts of canine or rutting behavior, not sexy but animalistic. One pictures this pretty woman burying her nose in some guy's armpit--or elsewhere.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Mar 24, 2009 - Comments (29)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Hygiene, Tobacco and Smoking, 1960s

Follies of the Mad Men #38

Exactly how does one distinguish a male from a female dancing cigarette? I suspect this of being subliminal homosexual propaganda, since all the dancers look identical to me!

Posted By: Paul - Tue Oct 14, 2008 - Comments (7)
Category: Business, Advertising, Tobacco and Smoking, 1940s, LGBT, Dance

Follies of the Mad Men #28

SURGEON GENERAL'S WARNING: Ingesting almost two hours of vintage cigarette commercials for the same brand might be dangerous to your health. Symptoms may include light-headedness, uncontrollable giggling, and a desire to stick two cigarettes in your mouth simultaneously. Indulge with caution!

Posted By: Paul - Thu Sep 18, 2008 - Comments (13)
Category: Business, Advertising, Television, Tobacco and Smoking, 1950s

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