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Playa please.

Magazine ad for Player’s Navy Cut tobacco from a 1902 issue of Country Life magazine (the UK one, not the USA one).
Magazine ad for Player’s Navy Cut tobacco from a 1902 issue of Country Life magazine (the UK one, not the USA one).

Bone shards:

Player’s Navy Cut was discontinued in 2016. Not a bad run.

One of its slogans in the 1920s was “Player’s Please”. It’s a long shot, but I think it’s possible this was an early version of the more recent “Playa please.”

And yes, “Me likee” is a racist stereotype. Don’t do that.

Detail: Notice the “Hero” on the sailor’s hat.

And just because, here’s a possible origin for “Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

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Darn Good

Chesterfield cigarettes magazine ad found in the September 5, 1931 issue of The Literary Digest
Chesterfield cigarettes magazine ad found in the September 5, 1931 issue of The Literary Digest

Bone shards:

Before they were Astaires, Adele and Fred were Austerlitzes.

Adele Astaire was Fred Astaire’s older sister. A year after this ad, she hitched up with Lord Charles Arthur Francis Cavendish, the second son of Victor Cavendish, 9th Duke of Devonshire, and became Lady Charles Cavendish. Also, she was more talented than Fred.

“Can’t Act. Slightly Bald. Also Dances.”
“enormous ears and bad chin line”
— Notes from Fred Astaire‘s RKO screen test

Have you ever seen an actual bandwagon?

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This dude would fit right in with today’s pandemic hairstyles.

1976 magazine ad for Winston cigarettes
1976 magazine ad for Winston cigarettes

Bone shards:

Winston sponsored NASCAR’s elite division with the Winston Cup series from 1971 to 2003. 

Winston was once the world’s best selling cigarette until it was bumped by Marlboro in the 1970s.

Fred and Barney used to smoke Winstons.

Some science about chest hair.

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Unga bunga. Alunda zug-zug.

1959 ad from the Cigar Institute of America, Inc.
1959 ad from the Cigar Institute of America, Inc.

Fun fact: The earliest known cigar is from an image on a 10th century Mayan pot. So if cavemen smoked cigars, they probably used their caves as humidors, but this is purely speculation on my part.

Another fun fact: It’s also highly unlikely cavemen ever used clubs.

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He just remembered he was supposed to be playing poker with the boys.

1956 ad from the Cigar Institute of America, Inc.
1956 ad from the Cigar Institute of America, Inc.

Trivia: A skilled male cigar roller is called a torcedor.

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“Don’t cough, Junior. My cigar’s smoke makes your stupid toy train more authentic.”

1956 ad from the Cigar Institute of America, Inc.
1956 ad from the Cigar Institute of America, Inc.

Trivia: “Close, but no cigar.” Its origin comes from being screwed over by a carnie. As for “Give that man a cigar,” same place but with a happy ending.

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Don’t switch the blade on the guy in shades, oh no.

“She’s right behind me, isn’t she.”

Silva Thin magazine ad - 1969
circa 1969
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You say “yip like a terrier” like it’s a bad thing.

Yip. Doggie trivia: Terriers are described as small, wiry, game, fearless, and created to hunt vermin.
Good ol’ Rugged Rock Hudson — Found on the back cover of an April, 1956 Coronet magazine.
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It’s not the meat, it’s the motion.

Tsk. She can do better.

Smoking is for Squares!

Hey, kitten. There’s a lot going on in this 1964 comic book anti-smoking PSA by DC Comics.

Smoking is for Squares! 1964 DC Comic Book PSA from an issue of Tales of the Unexpected

I’m still not quite sure why Paulette Breen suddenly turns into a 53-year-old truck stop waitress in the fifth panel. Probably from all the pointing. Continue reading