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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.

Later: The second ad has since disappeared.

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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 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 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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Default Philip Morris Superlights (Recent): Cigarette Space Station



This European ad for Philip Morris Superlights is quite imaginative -- who would even think of a cigarette space station, or of the smaller cigarette spacecraft in the background? Its originality gives it a place in this thread of artistic cigarette ads.

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Default Pyramid (1990): Impressive Ad for a Lousy Cigarette



WTF! Is this ad for real? Pyramid blends three of the world's finest tobaccos? With what, dried cow dung? Pyramids have to be the harshest, most foul-smelling brand of cigarettes around, and this ad dares to compare it to Winston? Pyramid may cost 40% less than Winston, but it has 40% less taste, to put it mildly. Still, the ad's beautiful sunset scene of the pyramids at Giza, one of mankind's greatest monuments, gives it a place in this thread of "artistic" ads.

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Magnificent artwork, but I'm starting to sense an on-going theme of dentists' reccommendations amongst these cigarette ads.
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Magnificent artwork, but I'm starting to sense an on-going theme of dentists' reccommendations amongst these cigarette ads.
All I know is that my dentist doesn't like my smoking at all!

In the '70s Viceroy ads frequently had auto racing themes. I posted a couple of them in my "Vintage Cigarette Ads" thread. Check it out.
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