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Friday, August 28, 2015

Marlboro Blacks: A mini-ad






This actually counts as a Marlboro ad.  But this is the type of cig ad you would similarly see in gas stations and convenience stores instead of magazines/outdoor billboards back in the day.  Whether they appear on the doors when you enter/exit, or if they appear on the walls inside (or even on the counter itself).

I heard of the Marlboro Blacks.  I never tried em.  Some smokers call the Blacks a menthol version of the Marlboro 27's.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Joe knows Camel Menthols





Heres a Camel Menthol ad with good ol Joe.  I never tried menthol Camels before but I certainly rememeber hearing of em through 90s ads in mags.

I'm sure menthol Camels are still sold today.  I even heard of Camel Menthol Wides before.

Instead of having Joe on the motorcycle, I'd have a redhead lady with her leather jacket on, some shades, and shes dragging on her lit Camel Menthol in handsfree fashion.  I usually take drags on my cigs without holding em.  The only time I hold is when I'm ready to tap ashes off of it.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Kamel Red cigs




I remember hearing of this brand.  Kamels came in a red pack in the late 90s/early 2000s.  The Kamel lady looks more like a biker chick to me.   Although she aint wearing a leather jacket.  lol

I never saw em in a store or gas station by me even back then.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Two Newport Slim 120s ads






I remember seeing Newport 120 packs in Walgreens in the late 90s.  Unfortunately, I never got a chance to try em before they got discontinued.

Newport Stripes and these 120s are both non-existent in modern times.  But both of em are also the only all-white Newports I have ever seen.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Ernie Banks in a Marlboro ad





For cig ads in the VERY old days (pre-1960), it was just about as normal to see sport athletes smoking Marlboros, Kents, or Camels.  Just like it was normal to see Fred and Wilma smoking Winstons in tv commercials during the 60s (when the Flintstones actually used to be on the air as the first-ever primetime cartoon).

This Marlboro ad has Ernie Banks (aka: Mr. Cub).  Ernie was the first Black player in Cub history,.  His playing career began with em in the 50s, the same decade this ad is from.  Ernie passed away earlier this year.

It wouldve been funny to see guys like Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson in cig ads during the 80s.  And I'm sure even then, antismoking groups (like the American Cancer Society) wouldve been b***hing about sport stars in cig ads.  Just like when they were whining about seeing Joe Camel in the late 80s-mid 90s Camel ads.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Benson & Hedges 70's ad




The "America's favorite cig break" BH campaign from the 70s was actually funny.  BH are actually the first-ever 100s to come out (which was actually in the 60s.....since the 60s had BH commercials on TV as well).

I'm sure BHs were a lot mo stronger in the 70s than in the late 90s-mid 2000s when I used to smoke BH menthols from time to time.  I've smoked the BH Golds before as well.

Both flavors had a better taste to me before '06.  Even BH Menthols had a better menthol taste back then.  They were like an all-white Newport to me taste-wise when I first smoked em.

BH Menthols are all right now.  But I wouldnt call em an alternative to Newports.  But if I want an all-white baby in my mouth, BHs would be my first choice in that regard.  Yeah, they're mo expensive than Newports AND Marlboros.  But with their smooth taste, BHs are the best all-white cigs out there (BHs are corked cigs in the UK I believe).

I'd rather smoke a BH Gold to be honest for a regular compared to Marlboros in modern times.  BH Golds taste mo like a stronger version of a Marlboro Light.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

A Marlboro Medium ad




This ad is from 1991, when the Marlboro Mediums were first introduced.

I never saw anyone smoking Marlboro Mediums in public before.  I did see at least two men from my college days with Marlboro Medium packs.  And since I never tried these Marlboros at any point of my life, I cant comment on how they actually taste to me.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Have a More. The only colored cig brand in the USA






Unfortunately, I hear Mores are hard to find in modern times.  My mother tried More Reds once but not the menthol ones.  I dont even think she ever tried More Lights.

More was common to see among middle-aged women (at least from my experience) in the 80s.  Not as common as the Marlboro/Kool ladies from that era of course....

Friday, August 7, 2015

Two Newport Light ads with ladies





I remember trying Newport Lights once years ago when I first started smoking on a daily basis.  They don't taste anything close to a FF Newport.  Even the menthol portion of the taste is different in Newport Lights compared to my FF Newport 100s;' menthol taste.

The original Newport Lights pack looks better than the modern Newport Lights pack.

Monday, August 3, 2015

1963 Chesterfield ad with a Black man




I definitely know Chesterfields dont exist in the modern era.  But this was a popular brand during the 50s and 60s.

I wish I could find out who that is in the ad.  He kinda resembles Ben Vereen, a famous singer of the past.  Ben Vereen also appeared in some Webster episodes.  The 80s TV show with Emmanuel Lewis.   The Black midget boy who actually played Webster...hes still a midget in his adult life.