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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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Behind them, the iceberg emerged from the mysterious cloud.

1934 magazine ad for Chesterfield cigarettes
1934 magazine ad for Chesterfield cigarettes

Bone shards:

Titanic trivia? Sure!

Icebergs too? As you wish.

What does he or she mean about “that way”? I’m not sure, but it probably involves a riding crop and lots of Vaseline.

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Don’t forget the ripcord!

"O-O-O-O-H-H" — Marie McMillin
“O-O-O-O-H-H” — Marie McMillin
1939 magazine ad for Camel cigarettes
1939 magazine ad for Camel cigarettes

Bone Shards:

Looks like Marie McMillin was a real person and so is the story. (The actual dialogue might’ve been altered somewhat for marketing purposes.)

Here she is fo’ reals.

And the Internet being the Internet, somebody asked if it’s possible to smoke a cigarette while skydiving.

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“Oh, drat. I forgot the ashtray upstairs.”

1934 magazine ad for Lucky Strike Cigarettes
1934 magazine ad for Lucky Strike Cigarettes

Fun facts: Lucky Strike started out at chewing tobacco.

The Lucky Strike logo was redesigned in 1940 by Raymond Loewy on a $50,000 bet he couldn’t make it better than the old one.

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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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