Friday, 3 May 2013

Sepia Saturday 175 - vintage cigarette advertisements

I was in two minds about staying on theme for this week's Sepia Saturday, but as long as you all promise me that these vintage cigarette adverts won't make you take up smoking, then I think we're safe. All of these advertisements were taken from Air Mail magazine (the journal of the Royal Air Forces Association) from the early 1960's.

If I am allowed a favourite here, then it would have to be this first one, for Capstan cigarettes. An all together cheesy picture showcasing some of the golfing fashions of the day.

Vintage advertisement for Capstan cigarettes, c.1960's
Vintage advertisement for Capstan cigarettes, c.1960's

The next advert for Nelson cigarettes is less striking but it's not a brand I'd heard of so included it for interest reasons.
Vintage advertisement for Nelson cigarettes, c.1960's
Vintage advertisement for Nelson cigarettes, c.1960's

Finally, in the sepia selection, we have Woodbine, for those hard working, engineer types.
Vintage advertisement for Woodbine cigarettes, c.1960's
Vintage advertisement for Woodbine cigarettes, c.1960's

In the colour section, we have two adverts from the early 1970's, complete with sideburns, taken from the back cover of Drive magazine. The men in both of these adverts look familiar, but I have no idea if they are famous or just models. Does anyone know who they are?

Vintage advertisement for Picadilly King Size cigarettes, c.1970's
Vintage advertisement for Piccadilly King Size cigarettes, c.1970's

Vintage advertisement for Picadilly King Size cigarettes, c.1970's
Vintage advertisement for Piccadilly King Size cigarettes, c.1970's

    

23 comments:

  1. Cigarette advertising has a LOT to answer for, doesn't it. Those catch phrases from the radio adverts in the 1960s still stick in my mind: "For after action satisfaction ..."

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  2. I've not heard of any of these cigarettes except for Woodbine and that's because I just saw it on someone else's Sepia Sat offering. But the first Piccadilly guy looks like Peter Falk. I don't know if he did ads such as this -- it just LOOKS like him.

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  3. All Fags Long Gone! (I was a "No6" Man meself)Although you know,It does beg the question:"these vintage cigarette adverts won't make you take up smoking"..I wonder why not? What,I wonder, is the process wereby an advert looses its potency+effect......

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    1. "All Fags Long Gone!"
      ?????
      I'm still here...
      :D~
      HUGZ

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  4. Wow, these are all pretty new to me, but then we do come from different countries. A very interesting post indeed, and something that was once a big major advertising topic, but lately not so much!

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  5. Your post has reminded me that I was once an avid collector of cigarette cards but I can't remember where they came from or what happened to them.

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    1. I never had cigarette cards, but I did amass plenty that were given away with tea.

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  6. It's fun seeing all the different brands that you had on your side of the Atlantic: great names! The advertising was pretty much the same as here, though.

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  7. I am completely intrigued by the golf buggy that chap has in the first photo. It looks like a piece out of a chess set.

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  8. You have reminded me that I have some silk cigarette cards that my Aunty gave me.

    Maybe I should have included these in my post this week.

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    1. I never had cigarette cards, but I did amass plenty that were given away with tea.

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  9. I'm wondering whether "Senior Service" (mentioned in the Nelson ad) is a brand of cigarettes too...

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    1. Oh yes, Senior Service was (and possibly still is) a brand. I had lots of adverts of those but they were less interesting than the ones I shared.

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  10. British cigarette ads are very different from American ads. (and probably French, German, Australian too) In the UK the smoker was a sophisticate, a man of leisure, a mariner who carried his capstan around on the links like a silly twit...

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  11. I had to google to find out what a capstan is. Like Alex, I thought it looked like a chess piece, which made no sense at all.

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  12. Fascinating. I've never heard of any of these brands. When I think of old ads I always think of the Marlboro Man. What a crock. Pure guy died a miserable death.

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  13. Ahhhh I just knew you would share some vintage ads. We have an older "Camel" ad, poster size framed and on the wall inthe TV rec room, despite my dislike for smoking the poster shows a very handsome man and the colors are good. I don't remember any of those brands either, bu suspect they might be from across the sea. Picadilly certainly must be.

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  14. Cool ads!!
    Not what got me smoking though.
    Those lifestyle promises,
    it just doesn't stick in my mind.
    I like smoking for the slight burning sensation
    and all of the coughing it causes me.
    And that yellow stain on my fingers I have to clean everyday. What would I do with all of my free time if I didn't smoke?!?
    :D~
    HUGZ

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  15. I wonder if Piccadilly and Parlement were made by the same outfit.

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