Friday, September 9, 2011

Camel Cigarette Advertisement



We wrap up Cigarette Week with this photograph showing a large advertisement for Camel Cigarettes. My grandmother and grandfather smoked Camels. My grandmother died of a heart attack in her 50's, and my grandfather lived to an old age, but had lots of heart trouble. So, the glamorous side of smoking is short lived indeed. I hope that is the thing we see this week.

DOMESTIC UPDATE:

The lovely Ms. EAM has arrived safely at her destination in Kitale, Kenya. She is now getting to her business of taking care of orphans. Hopefully she will have more details for us shortly.

SPECIAL WEATHER BULLETIN:


I warned you to watch Tropical Storm Nate. Looks like it is going to turn into a Hurricane. Keep your eyes on this one.

18 comments:

  1. One thing I remember about cigarettes is that when I was a kid they were refereed to as COFFIN NAILS or CANCER STICKS. That was almost 60 years ago when I heard those remarks, so I would says that they were called that a lot longer than 60 years ago.

    Maybe I'm hard hearted, but I'm sorry to say that a don't fell a sorrow for those that have gotten cancer from the use of them. I do feel bad for those that have to live or work with smokers. Especially for kids that have to grow up in a home with smokers, and have to breath in all that second hand smoke.

    I managed a large Mobile home park before I retired. The kids use to gather at the Community Center to wait for the school bus. In the winter I had to make the kids whose parents smoked wait outside, because their winter coats REEKED from old smoke and they would stink the Center up and I would spend the rest of the day airing the place out and spraying air fresher.

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  2. Glad to hear EAM has nade there safe and sound, and is good to go.

    You may think better of the ENM if he gets far enough North and drops a bunch of rain and doesn't do much damage.

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  3. Did you know that those signs actually blew out puffs of smoke? So that smoke you see at the mouth on the billboard in not painted on, it is acual smoke

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  4. Old buses look especially nice on this photo...

    My best wishes to Ms. EAM...

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  5. It seems this particular billboard has a lengthy history for tobacco advertising. It was located in Times Square NYC. The version in today's picture was taken during WW2 hence the military pilot in the ad. Here's a link with a history about the location.
    http://www.cantabpublishing.com/
    blog/?p=3828

    John

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  6. Back before there were separate smoker and nonsmoker break rooms at work, our coats and jackets were hung in the break room. My coat would stink of cig smoke.
    I remember once mt dad gave me and my brothers each a cigar and made us smoke it. It made us so sick, we were soon puking. I never smoked again, but my brothers did after they grew up. They have since quit.

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  7. You probably wouldn't advertise anything today using the word "Costlier"!

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  8. I grew up around cigarettes and felt terrible all the time; could not breath and had a constant cough. Parents did not realize what these things were doing back then but they should now. I have lost a few friends who never smoked at all during there lives but came down with lung cancer from the smoke. When I finally learned to avoid them (smokers) life became much better.

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  9. If you had trouble with my link delete the blank space
    between ".com/" and "blog". Here's another try.

    http://www.cantabpublishing.com/blog/?p=3828

    John

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  10. If I walk into a place that allows smoking, I can feel my lungs tighten up right away. I can't breath and have to get outside into fresh air right away.
    If I go to a store that doesn't allow smoking and some one is outside smoking it seems like they always stand on the side that the wind blows toward the entry door and you have top walk threw their ugly second hand smoke. And that will tighten up my lung and cause me to start to cough. When I see them, I try to time my entry so that I miss the smoke.
    Back when The North Dakota Fighting Sioux use to allow smoking outside (Now you can't smoke on the campus at all) When I would go to their hockey games they would allow smokers to go outside and have a smoke between periods. These people would reek from smoke when they came back in, and make it hard for me to breath.

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  11. Despite the billboard subject, look at the rest of the photo. The old buses, the hotel for "transients and permanent" and the girls on the left: are they wearing anklets?

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  12. Mary, The photo was taken during WW2. Those girls would be referred to as "bobby soxers". If you were there at the time of the photo you would see zoot suits as well.

    John

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  13. Sorry, I can't see the threat from Storm Nate. Even if it turns north, it will weaken over land until it bumps into our Terrible High Pressure area.

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  14. For a short while, I worked on the sixth floor of a building that did not allow smoking, but those who did smoke would go outside and light up during lunch. I would eith go back to work early, or walk the entire six flights rather than ride on the elevator with that bunch.

    And in restaurants, you always had to walk THROUGH the smoking section to get to the non-smoking part! Why couldn't they make it the other way round?

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  15. Looks like Tropical Storm Evil Nate Mass is going to fizzle out over Mexico and not drop any rain in Texas. Texas can't catch a break this year. Probably wash away next year.

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  16. Interesting billboard. Kind of creepy, though.
    About smoking and smoker's rights, I suspect they would sing another tune if they suffered through the torment of an intense three migraine, or the terror of a severe asthma attack. Smoke all you want, just keep your smoke to yourself. As the old adage goes, your right to swing your fist stops where my nose begins.

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  17. It's really interesting how our language usage has changed... I notice the Hotel Lenox around the corner on the left caters to "transients"!

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  18. 55 year old smoker here. I started for REAL when I joined the Army in 1974 and my brand was Camel Non-Filters! The reason? They tasted good and after one person bummed a non filter they never asked you for a cigarette again! I QUIT smoking for good in 1996 after noticing I could not breathe right and was having a chest pain or two! Hopefully a Meteor or Hurricane will get me? The advertisers are the people to go after and this is the truth! Thank you.

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