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Old 05-26-2013, 10:22 PM
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Default Camel (1971): "I'd Walk a Mile for a Camel"



This ad is good photographic art. What's striking is the overlay of images: the close up in the foreground against the man hiking through the wintry, snow-bound mountains in the background.
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Old 05-26-2013, 10:29 PM
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Default Kool (1985): "The Smoking Motorcyclists"



Two other examples of photographic overlay . . . it's also one example of "paired ads," essentially the same image (even the men's clothing is identical) used for different market demographics. I'm surprised, though, that the background scenery is different.
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Default Camel (1991): "Motorcyclist Joe Camel"



Okay, I never really cared for Joe Camel. That being said, I think this is about the best of the Joe Camel series of ads. It is admittedly a "cool" ad, and gives it a place in this thread.
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Default Camel (2000): "Pleasure to Burn"



These twin ads from Camel's "Pleasure to Burn" series are good graphic art. But what raises them to great art, I think, is that they're a really "cool" image of the classic American manliness of the '50s "greaser." They're also "true to life": cigarette smoking was an inseparable characteristic of the "greaser's" image and lifestyle.

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Default Kool (2005): "Be True"



The graphic art of the "Be True" series of Kool cigarette ads was uniformly good (the same is true, by the way, of the "Pleasure to Burn" series of Camel cigarette ads). And the ads, regardless of the targeted ethnic market niche, were urbane and "cool." Notice how the smoke rings are interlocked, just like the two "O" letters in the brand name "Kool." One question, however: exactly what is holding the smoldering cigarette?

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Default Marlboro (Recent): "China: The New Frontier"



This ad, featuring the "Chinese Marlboro Man," earns its place in this thread devoted to artistic cigarette ads because of the majestic background of the Great Wall of China. The combination of "American" and "Chinese" cultural traits in the "Chinese Marlboro Man" also makes it noteworthy.

P.S. So far, all the ads posted in this thread were previously posted by me in the "Vintage Cigarette Ads" thread. Future posts to this thread will be new ads.
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Default Marlboro Menthol (1996): "Nature Unbound"



The cascading waterfall in the background, and the whitewater swells on the river in the foreground, conveys the natural majesty of the American West. This ad's representation of a river gorge in the "Marlboro Country" reminds me strongly of Chinese landscape paintings, especially in how the cowboys and their horses are dwarfed in contrast to greatness of nature.

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Default Indio Rosa (1930): Rolling Paper Ad



Technically, this isn't a cigarette ad, but rather than cigarette rolling paper ad, from Spain. Maybe its artistic merit isn't as high as the other ads in this thread, but I found it an interesting ad, both because of its image of a North American Indian smoking a cigarette, rather than a pipe, and the swirling smoke behind the feather headdress, rising from the tip of the cigarette, appears to 'extend' the headdress.
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Default Chesterfield (Late 1940s): "Football Stadium Ashtray"



Here's a rare Chesterfield ad, with a colossal cigarette resting of the edge of a football stadium, as if it were an ashtray. Not the greatest artwork, but it surely gets points for originality.
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Default Panama (1945): "A Friendly Smoke . . . Yours forever"



This 1945 Indian ad for Panama cigarettes almost reminds me of the Western custom of a groom carrying his bride over the threshold. The slogan "Yours ... forever ..." could be taken two ways: the lady is the man's forever and the Panama cigarette's "friendly smoke" is his forever. Hopefully the man's romantic experience is as enjoyable as his cigarette!

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