For this weeks Vintage Tuesday we have some commercials that promote smoking. Nowadays it is forbidden to promote a smoking-brand, but in the 30’s till the 90’s it was a whole different story..


The following print ads are from L&M (1954), Lucky Strike (1937) and Camel (1956).. The three of them used famous American idols to promote their brand.

Fredrick March, an American stage and film actor that won an Oscar for Best Actor in 1932 (Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde) promotes L&M and says: “L&M Filters are just what the Doctor ordered!“.

Alice Roosevelt, the oldest child of Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States, promotes the brand Lucky Strike and claims “They’re a light smoke, kind to the throat“.

And the third one is from Phil Silvers, an American entertainer and comedy actor promotes Camel cigarettes with his motto “You bet I’d walk a mile for a Camel“.

Spicy detail, they respectively died of cancer, emphysema (a result of many years of heavy smoking) and a heart attack..


In the first video you can see how the ‘Kool’ cigarettes tasted so fresh and so clean. It was almost like you had to smoke a cigarette to have a mint breath! Unbelievable..

Check out the rest of this post to see three other TV-ads. The first two ads are promoted by Doctors (!) and the last one is just funny..

Lucky Strike