Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Merry *COUGH COUGH* Christmas!

I wish I could say that this image is from my own stash - I have some vintage Christmas Chesterfield ads with celebrities wishing us a Merry Christmas and a happy 1949, but this just takes the cake, doesn't it?

Back in July I did an entry all about smoking, but this image is just truly disturbing, isn't it?  I mean, even during MY childhood in the Seventies, you'd never see an ad like this (this is from one of those viral e-mails, so I don't have a date on it, but I'm going to guess based on the cigarette pack that it's about 1938).

Isn't it amazing how times have changed?  Can you even fathom the type of backlash that would occur if anyone deigned to advertise this today?!?  It staggers the mind.  Cigarette smokers are already so vilified in the movies (and pariahs in real life), there would be a zillion class-action lawsuits as a direct result.

Just think how easy it was back then to get a smoker something they'd really like, though - I mean, if  Santa prefers Luckies, then shouldn't they be your brand, too?

I'm just sayin'.  :D


  1. I wonder what kind of whiskey Santa drinks? Or maybe he prefers vodka.

  2. A ha ha ha Angie! I think being that far north, he's a vodka drinker. Maybe even Everclear. :D