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Vintage Cigarette and Cigar Advertising Posters from the 1920s and 1930s

In 1920, cigarette companies spent millions on advertising and promotion to encourage smoking due to blend cigarette brands such as Camel, Lucky Strike, and Chesterfield. Smoking among women was rare in the 1920s. However, the passage of the 19th Amendment introduced new freedoms, and smoking in public became a symbol of women’s unique role in society. American Tobacco targets the women’s cigarette market with the slogan “Reach for a Lucky instead of sweet.”

Nearly every magazine and medical journal of the 1930s featured cigarette advertisements featuring opera singers, athletes, doctors, senators, and movie stars. There were tobacco advertisements on virtually every radio show. Jack Benny seamlessly incorporated the advertisements into his comedy hour.

Below are vintage posters of cigarette and cigar advertisements from the 1920s and 1930s.

#2 Avis… Fumez les cigarettes de la Régie Française, 1920s

#4 Cigarillos 43, La Gran Marca Argentina, October 1920

#6 Craven A, Cork Tipped Virginia Cigarettes, circa 1920s

#8 Introducing La Tosella 10¢ Cigar, “You’ll Buy a Box Tomorrow”, 1920s

#11 Murad, The Turkish Cigarette, “Everywhere… Why?”, 1920s

#12 Nanyang Brothers Tobacco Co. Ltd., Zhou Baisheng, 1920

#13 R. G. Dun Cigar, the Masculine Smoke, circa 1920s

#15 GOS Tabachnaya Fabrika (Soviet cigarette ad), Vladivostok, 1925

#17 Ova, Reemstsma Cigaretten, in Anaber Format, 1929

#20 Cigarettes Swissair en pur tabac d’Orient, 1934

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