The Tobacco that Counts

By woolybill1
Edwardian-era advertising at Beamish Museum.

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Richsr 11 91 223 England
8 Feb 2013 8:33AM
Interesting how well these have survived, well worked Bill
Regards Richard

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gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
8 Feb 2013 8:37AM
A real blast from the past. - gary
LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2013 8:48AM
Love these. Perfect dof and detail.
morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2013 8:50AM
Love these old advertising signs Smile fantastic detail and colours, great dof too love it Smile

richmowil Plus
9 352 2 England
8 Feb 2013 9:27AM
Nice images of days of the past! Love them ( I worked inthe tobacco industry for 30+ years - very interesting!)

Sharp crisp and weather beaten - I like them a lot!
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
8 Feb 2013 9:28AM
Looks like someone has used the sailor for air rifle target practice (.... or is that just me Smile)

capto Plus
6 5.2k 8 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2013 10:07AM
Oh dear, I remember them both very well. Makes a nice image.

Meheecho 5 275 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2013 10:16AM
I love these old signs a well composed and detailed shot
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
8 Feb 2013 10:32AM
These old metallic adverts make such colourful subjects, esp. so with a bit of weathering and rust adding a patina of age.
There's a wonderful joke about that slogan and you had to be a smoker of Players to tell it properly. I wonder how many know it? About the Legionnaires?

Brings back memories, smoked them for years until I saw sense 10 years ago or more.

I used to be singled out (pardon the pun) by my maths teacher at School in the boy's playground, he always picked on me for smoking, I thought it was bad luck, till I realised that he was a smoker of Players as well, and that's why mine were always confiscated. A hard lesson, but I learned I carried a Woodbine packet and the first morning he grabbed me and told me to empty my pockets I got a knowing look, and he realised he was rumbled.

Fond memories indeed, cheers Bill.

SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
8 Feb 2013 11:34AM
I've often wondered why these metal signs rust through the enamel in spots. Perhaps the enamel is thinner in those places. Whatever the reason, they make for excellent images. I don't remember the Wills's cigs, but I do the Players.
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
8 Feb 2013 11:37AM
Couldn't afford these Bill. We smoked either Pasha cigs or believe it or not Cinnamon sticks. Well recorded.
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
8 Feb 2013 11:46AM
Just had another look Bill as I thought thee was something strange. They must have moved these from there original positions but that doesn't detract from the quality of the image.
helenlinda Plus
11 360 22 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2013 11:54AM
Tony's grandfather worked at Wills in Bristol - all his working life, and he knew the "Krek Waiters peak
excellent rust a colours here Bill SmileSmile
AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
8 Feb 2013 1:16PM
I well remember "Players Please" - my grandfather, an old sailor, smoked them for a while. Later he went over to a pipe, and to chewing tobacco, along with a pinch of snuff. And he lived till he was 96...........

8 Feb 2013 1:17PM
An interesting picture, fantastic detail and colours.
Joline Plus
12 30 53 United States
8 Feb 2013 1:23PM
Amazing how times change attitudes. I can remember when smoking was not only allowed, it was encouraged. We even smoked in the hospital!!!!!!!!!
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
8 Feb 2013 2:40PM
Blimey, I can remember these from when I were a lad! Wink Love these old enamel signs, well captured and presented, Bill Smile
Trev Smile
SUE118 Plus
10 8 1 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2013 3:01PM
The old adverts are so interesting.Smile
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
8 Feb 2013 5:09PM
I am a heavy smoker and I love it, Bill. A really good brand, and it really counts, but I don't know if navy cut is still available.
8 Feb 2013 5:29PM
I remember that 'Players Please' was still very much a slogan being banded around in the late 50's early 60's Bill, so yes, I guess the tobacco must've counted.

John Smile
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2013 5:36PM
A great capture Bill, "oh how times have changed?".

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
8 Feb 2013 7:12PM
I like the POV here, Bill.
RobinF 11 83 1 England
8 Feb 2013 7:13PM
Great capture Bill, there's a wonderful nostalgia to these old 'ciggy' adverts.
kind regards,
paulb20 Plus
11 12 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2013 7:16PM
These old posters certainly make colourful subjects Bill.
RockArea 11 18 3 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2013 10:06PM
They're great subjects and look good but as cigarette advertising is banned, shouldn't these be taken down and moved where they can't be seen?
9 Feb 2013 12:19AM
To young to remember them, Bill!TongueTongueTongueTongueTongue Smoking can kill!SadSadSadSadTongue If only Mick could see this.......I'm afraid bad news!TongueTongueTongueTongueTongue Handsome seaman, by the way!SmileTongue
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2013 7:52AM
They are fascinating Bill - a great piece of nostalgia. How advertising has changed from these old metal plates.
Tibetan 6 3 England
10 Feb 2013 12:42PM
I remember them well Bill, I also remember Mum sending me to get a packet of five Nosegay cigarettes, in a paper packet with flowers on it for one and a half pennies lol. there was Craven A, Lucky strike, Passing cloud, Wills Woodbine's, Lucky black cat, Kensitas, Camel, and many many more, nice one like it, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
17 Feb 2013 12:40PM
What wonderful old adverts Bill, I remember seeing ones like this when they had the Robert Opie museum at Gloucester Docks when I was a boy, it moved up to Leeds about 20 years ago so the opportunity to get images such as this have goneSad

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