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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.

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

Avis... Fumez les cigarettes de la Régie Française, 1920s

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#2 Be Nonchalant . . . Light a Murad Cigarette, 1920s

Be Nonchalant . . . Light a Murad Cigarette, 1920s

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#3 Cigarettes Leo, 1920s

Cigarettes Leo, 1920s

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

Cigarillos 43, La Gran Marca Argentina, October 1920

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#5 Cigarillos 43, Plus Ultra, February 1920

Cigarillos 43, Plus Ultra, February 1920

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

Craven A, Cork Tipped Virginia Cigarettes, circa 1920s

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#7 Delta Atikah Zigaretten, Dresden, 1920

Delta Atikah Zigaretten, Dresden, 1920

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

Introducing La Tosella 10¢ Cigar, "You'll Buy a Box Tomorrow", 1920s

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#9 Le Fumeur, 1920

Le Fumeur, 1920

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#10 Miss Blanche Cigarettes, 1920s

Miss Blanche Cigarettes, 1920s

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

Murad, The Turkish Cigarette, "Everywhere... Why?", 1920s

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

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

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

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

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#14 Sun Tobacco Company, China, circa 1920s

Sun Tobacco Company, China, circa 1920s

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

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

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#16 Cigarettes Matossian Le Caire Égypte, 1926

Cigarettes Matossian Le Caire Égypte, 1926

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

Ova, Reemstsma Cigaretten, in Anaber Format, 1929

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#18 Abadie, Cigaretové Dutinky a Papirky, 1930

Abadie, Cigaretové Dutinky a Papirky, 1930

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#19 Week End Cigarettes, Goût Anglais, 1933

Week End Cigarettes, Goût Anglais, 1933

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

Cigarettes Swissair en pur tabac d'Orient, 1934

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#21 Cigarettes Turkish, 1937

Cigarettes Turkish, 1937

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#22 Boule d’Or, 1930s

Boule d'Or, 1930s

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Written by Jacob Aberto

Sincere, friendly, curious, ambitious, enthusiast. I'm a content crafter and social media expert. I love Classic Movies because their dialogue, scenery and stories are awesome.

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