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1937 Camel Cigarettes Ad "Hockey Ace" w/ Red Wings' Herb Lewis

The scanned image shows the central portion of the page. The full dimensions of the advertisement are approximately 11" x 14". This original vintage advertisement is in Very Good Condition unless otherwise noted.

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1937 Camel Cigarettes Ad "Hockey Ace" w/ Red Wings' Herb Lewis ~ The scanned image shows the central portion of the page. The full dimensions of the advertisement are approximately 11" x 14". This original vintage advertisement is in Very Good Condition unless otherwise noted.

Camel Cigarettes

Camel is a brand of cigarettes that was introduced by American company R.J. Reynolds Tobacco in the summer of 1913. Most current Camel cigarettes contain a blend of Turkish and Virginia tobacco. Early in 2008 the blend was changed as was the package design.

History

In 1913, R.J. Reynolds developed a new innovation: the packaged cigarette. Most tobacco users who smoked cigarettes preferred to roll their own, and there was thought to be no national market for pre-packaged cigarettes. Reynolds worked to develop a flavor he thought would be more appealing than past products, creating the Camel cigarette, so named because it used Turkish paper, in imitation of then-fashionable Egyptian cigarettes. Reynolds undercut competitors on the cost of the cigarettes, and within a year, he had sold 425 million packs of Camels.

Camel cigarettes were originally blended to have a milder taste in contrast to brands that, at the time of its introduction, were considered much harsher. They were advance promoted, prior to official release, by a careful advertising campaign that included "teasers" which merely stated that "the Camels are coming" (a play on the old Scottish folk song, "The Campbells Are Coming"). This marketing style was a prototype for attempts to sway public opinion that coincided with the United States' entry into World War I, and later World War II. Another promotion strategy was the use of a Circus camel, 'Old Joe', which was driven through town and used to distribute free cigarettes. The brand's catch-phrase slogan, used for decades, was "I'd walk a mile for a Camel!"

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1937 Camel Cigarettes Ad "Hockey Ace" w/ Red Wings' Herb Lewis

1937 Camel Cigarettes Ad "Hockey Ace" w/ Red Wings' Herb Lewis

The scanned image shows the central portion of the page. The full dimensions of the advertisement are approximately 11" x 14". This original vintage advertisement is in Very Good Condition unless otherwise noted.

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