Cigarette Pack Collection
American culture and the history of tobacco are integrally linked. Counted among the New World’s cash crops, whose cultivation and exportation impelled Europeans’ conquest of the Western Hemisphere, tobacco consumption evolved between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries to become a staple of American life. Thanks to the invention of reliable cigarette-rolling machines in the late nineteenth century, cigarettes were, by the 1920s, one of the most popular means of smoking tobacco in the United States. The popularity of cigarettes continued to rise until the late 1960s when revelations concerning the link between smoking and various cancers, a connection recognized within the tobacco industry since the early 1950s, became widely accepted by the American public and resulted in a steep decline in the number of U.S. cigarette smokers that continues to the present day.
Primarily purchased by sound recordings archivist Bill Schurk between the years 1958 and 1962, from Sam Klein Cigar Company in Cleveland, OH, this collection represents a sampling of the foreign and domestic cigarette brands available to consumers at the apex of cigarette consumption in the United States. Showcasing an assortment of packaging styles, an array of eye-catching graphic designs, and a variety of smokable tobaccos cultivated from around the globe, this collection provides a glimpse into the consumer culture of twentieth-century tobacco retailers and cigarette smokers. This collection represents a portion of the vast selection of cigarette brands available to postwar consumers and, when paired with the BPCL’s Matchbook Cover Collection (Special Collection 14), offers researchers a compelling look at the material culture that surrounded American cigarette smokers during the mid-twentieth century at the habit’s height of popularity.
The inventory of the cigarette packs was completed by Katie Tovarnak, Student Assistant, in Dec. 2018. The finding aid was written by William Avila, Graduate Student Supervisor, in March 2020.
For More Information
- Arons, Harry. You Can Stop Smoking. Irvington, NJ: Power Publishers, 1964.
- Flannagan, Roy C. The Story of Lucky Strike. New York: 1938.
- Kress, Daniel H. The Cigarette as a Physician Sees It. Mountain View, CA: Pacific Press Publishing Association, 1931.
- Meyers, Harold. Smoking-Room Jokebook. New York: Avon, 1956.
pop PN1 .A88 no.698
- Schneider, Nina. How to Use Nicotine Gum & Other Strategies to Quit Smoking. New York: Pocket Books, 1988.
- Tobaccoland, U.S.A. New York: Liggett & Myers Tobacco Co., 1941.
- Blount, Kirven. What’s Your Poison? Addictive Advertising of the ‘40s-‘60s. Portland, OR: Collectors, 2005.
pop HF6161.T6 B56 2005
- Forbes, Robert, and Terence Mitchell. American Tobacco Cards: Price Guide & Checklist. Richmond, VA: Tuff Stuff Books, 1999.
pop HF6161.T6 F67 1999
- Kuntz, K. M. Smoke: Cigars, Cigarettes, Pipes, and Other Combustibles. New York: Todtri, 1997.
pop GT3020 .K95 1997
- Robinson, Alex. Too Cool to be Forgotten. Marietta, GA: Top Shelf Productions, 2008.
pop PN6727.R57 T66 2008
- Smith, Jane Webb. Smoke Signals: Cigarettes, Advertising, and the American Way of Life: An Exhibition at the Valentine Museum, Richmond, Virginia, April 5-October 9, 1990. Chapel Hill, N.C.: Distributed by the University of North Carolina Press, 1990.
popovsz HF6161.T6 S64 1990
- Umberger, Eugene. Tobacco and Its Use: A Bibliography of Periodical Literature, Essays, Short Stories, Poems, Theses and Dissertations, Chapters in Books, Book Reviews, Quotations, and Comparable Sources, with an Extensive Table of Contents and Finding Aid and an Index to Topical Categories. Green Bay, WI: E. Umberger, 2009.
pop HV5735 .U6 2009
|Vanity Fair||Pastel Blue, White Filters|
|Spud||Filter Tip, Light Menthol|
|Kent||New Exclusive Micronite Filter|
|Old Gold||Straights, Long Size|
|Rothman's||King Size, Filtered Tip|
|Hit Parade||King Size, Filter Tip|
|Mapleton||King Size, Filter Tip|
|Jezebel||Perfumed Amber Cigarettes|
|Duke of Durham||Filter King|
|Johnnie Walker||Pearl Tipped, Extremely Mild|
|Turkish Special||Turkish State|
|Lord Salisburg||Selected Stock|
|Encore||Custom Fashioned Mouthpiece, Ambassador Size|
|Player's Navy Cut||Mild|
|Golden's Gold Flake|
|Export "A"||Filter Tip Virginia Cigarettes|
|Peter Jackson||King Size, Filter Tipped|
|Craven "A"||Cork Tipped|
|Pall Mall||Filter Tipped|
|Gold & Black|
|Compania Anonima Tabacalera|
|King Sano||Filter Tip, Less Nicotine|
|Wings Perfect Blend||King Size|
|Tareyton||Modern Size, Filter Tip|
|Raleigh||Plain End, King Size|
|Fatima||Cork Tipped, Extra Mild|
|Raleigh||Filter Tip King Size|
|Montclair Modern||Menthol Filter|
|Encore||Custom Fashioned Filter, Ambassador Size|
|Salem||Menthol Fresh Filter|
|Mapleton||Filter Tip, King Size|
|Kentucky Kings||All Tobacco Tip|
|Black Cat||Virginia Cigarettes|
|Riviera Fine||Air Cooled, Filter, Menthol|
|Oasis||Filter, Menthol Mist|
|Viceroy||Filter Tip, King Size|
|Tempo||New Bonded Charcoal Filter|
|L&M||Filters, The Miracle Tip|
|HP Milds||Miracle Leaf|
|Benson & Hedges||Menthol 100s|
|Yorkshire||Filter Tip, King Size|
|Camel||Turkish & Domestic Blend|
|Winston||Filter, Crush Proof Box|
|Philip Morris||Long Size|
|Herbert Tareyton||Tipped, Modern Sze|
|Holiday Kings||Mildly Aromatic|
|Murad The Turkish Cigarette|
|Vega Havanna||Brown, Plantation Size|
|Spring||Mild, Filters, King Size|
|George Karelias and Sons||Virginia Plain Ovals|
|Hellas Papastratos N:1|
|Rembrandt Van Rijn|
|du Maurier||Kings Size, Filter Tip|
|Philip Morris||English Ovals, Selected Mild Blend|
|M. Melachrino & Co.|
|Gelbe Sorte Reemtsma|
|Rameses II Stephano Bros|