Remember Cigarette Ads?
You know I remember when PC meant Politically Correct and I guess it still does but Politically Correct doesn’t instantly come to mind when you first hear it. I do remember that I hate the whole concept of being PC and even fought it tooth and nail. It represented everything that I wasn’t and that I didn’t want for this nation of ours. But the more I fought it; I realized that that is the way of the world. Bill Clinton was going to get re-elected no matter what I did, and books such as Little Red Riding Hood would be banned in some schools because of the reference in it that has to do with some wine in a basket for grandma.
Anyway, my whole point to this PC thing, and I probably went in a big circle here but who cares right? My point is that I remember during these times in the 90’s when I had this fascination with old magazines because of the brilliance and colorfulness of the ads and the politically incorrectness of some of these ads, especially liquor ads and cigarette ads. They cracked me up. I thought OMG, people would literally shit a brick if they saw a man giving his daughter a crisp pack of Lucky Strikes cigarettes on her prom night while he is helping her put on her pearls. Giving her a gift of cigarettes to ensure a better time at the prom; I found this in such bad taste and form but also so utterly ridiculous as well as funny as hell.
Ever since then I fell in love with these ads such as the Chesterfield ads. They took such pains to make these cigarette ads so beautiful, even though they were so totally politically incorrect. Nevertheless I couldn’t get enough of these wonderful ads, that were filled with actresses and actors just lighting up and letting you know how great smoking was for you. There was even an ad that I saw in a Chesterfield ad that showed a Dr. or pretend Dr. giving someone a pack of cigarettes and to smoke to their health. That is just too funny. My ex-husband and I would buy old magazines from antique stores for the ads and frame the cigarette ads and we started quite a collection.
Although I know that cigarettes are bad for you and all, I still get a kick out of those ads and how fun they were to look for. I have put some more familiar ones in this hub so you can enjoy these beautiful but oh so politically incorrect ads. Enjoy and prepare to cringe. Whichever you prefer.
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