Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Retro Advertising: Cigarettes

Let`s face it, life has become a mundane trickle of companies force-feeding their advertisements down all of our throats. Adverts catch our attention whether they are on the internet, the television, the radio, or in places we would never even expect. In recent years, the restrictions on advertisements has increased, and nowhere is this more true than in the fading tobacco industry.

I don't want to be providing any free advertising to these companies, so I'm posting these ads purely for the purposes of critique and laugher. I've found some retro commercials that had me laughing pretty hard. It's difficult to believe this was mainstream advertising not too long ago...

1. The infamous claim that Camel cigarettes were better because more doctors smoke them... lol


2. Remember, cigarettes make a great stocking stuffer!

 

3. Who says cigarette ads were aimed at kids?


These ads seem so simple in comparison to modern ads which rely purely on stimulating the senses. It seems like every commercial today has to use vibrant colors, stunning HD resolution, CGI and music to make a product memorable in someone's mind.

What will ads be like in five or ten years? What new advertising mediums will be introduced?

42 comments:

  1. I'm tired about ads, they're everywhere!

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  2. Hahaha doctors are always a good advertising tool :D

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  3. I find it pretty funny tbh, that not so long ago society was promoting smoking and wanting everyone to do it.

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  4. Hehehe, Funny commercial with the Flintstones.

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  5. so weird
    but i'd much rather have these types of ads
    then what we currently have on tv.

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  6. Now Boehner's speaker smoking will probably be made compulsory.

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  7. haha, awesome videos. Its weird thinking that this was only a few years ago.

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  8. Yup, amazing how that was they way to go 50 years ago, and less, and yet now you can't advertise them...

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  9. As someone that does a lot of computer game design and development it's easier for me to notice the amount of advertising that goes into video games nowadays. It's a lot more subtle than other advertising platforms. One place you can see a lot of advertising that is almost subliminal is popular racing games.

    Another hook that advertisers use today is repetition. A phrase being repeated multiple times for example or a song that sticks in your head for days. Perfect example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXiJBp7HK5o

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  10. I'm not too into retro advertising but I do find the more creative ads somewhat refreshing even though all ads just try to force stuff on you.

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  11. I don't think I've ever bought a product from an Ad, I usually buy it because the product is just good.

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  12. I research the products on the Internet before making major purchases. You can read user reviews and experiences with the products/services, you can compare prices online, etc.

    Perhaps in the next 10 years we will have ads that let you smell whatever is on screen. Like, if it was a steak, then the ad would emit the smell of a steak. Just speculating.

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  13. I just saw that flinstone spot this weekend. It's amazing how perspectives change base on science and death. As far as new ads I think mobile stuff is going to explode in the next year.

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  14. Old school adverts are always amazing. So, so wrong, but amazing nonetheless.

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  15. really interesting..

    btw i don't smoke :)

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  16. personally I'm just waiting for holographic advertisment...like presenting stuff and slapping the merchandise right in your face

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  17. depends if your state is smoke free or not.

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  18. They stopped advertising smoking on TV though lol

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  19. Ads will probably be beamed straight into your mind.

    I totally didn't get that idea from a TV show or anything!

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  20. ahhh, the ignorance of post-WWII Americana...how I long for thee.

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  21. these adverts on your blog are even more interesting... I want to click them so bad.

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  22. ad are essential for the common growth of peoples intellect in my opinion.

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  23. This reminds me that medicine is just a practice. It's amazing to see how far we have come in such a short amount of time... And then to think where we are going... Ahh it's mind blowing!

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  24. Man... It's weird to think about some day people will probably watch the commercials of our time with the same feelings we got by watching this.

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  25. Yeah hahah, these commercials are definitely much more straight forward. They're much more direct and essentially order the viewers to buy the product. These days, it's more selling an image attached with the product I feel like.

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  26. lol, you should post those cocaine mints ads too, i mean.. wtf,bro; cocaine mints fo kids, man

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  27. check out the priest cigarette vid

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