Monday, December 14, 2009

Nothing Says Merry Christmas Like Chesterfield

Chesterfield was a popular brand of cigarettes back in the 1950's/1960's. It was actually the favorite cigarette brand of Lucille Ball. There are so many really cool vintage ads for their cigarettes. Many celebrities actually did advertising for them. Whether you're a smoker or not, it is neat to see this slice of another time period. I've got a bunch of ads from them that I plan to post in the future. Here are some of the Christmas ads Chesterfield did in the past. I hope you like them.

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SantaLovesChesterfields

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chesterfield_celebs_xmas-frommike

The ad above comes courtesy of my pallie Mike.


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ChesterfieldReagan

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P.S. I hadn't originally put this in the post, but I'm adding it in now. I watched an Andy Williams Christmas special on PBS yesterday, so I wanted to share a clip from it with you guys. Here's Andy singing Silent Night.

45 comments:

Graham I. Haynes said...

As a graphic designer I really appreciated this post! LOL to the tagline, "Chesterfield: They satisfy."

Reagan's looking spiffy here, too.

Leah said...

Do we still have Chesterfield now? I don't see this brand anymore.

Love those ads... love the colors.

Some Like it Vintage.com said...

Wow, it's so weird to see cigarettes being advertised. An era long gone (which is not a bad thing, now that we know the consequences of smoking).

But still, they are fun to look at!

Hope you are well dear Keith!

xoxoxo

Scott (gotankgo) said...

Great collection - smoke up for the holidays! Hope you're enjoying the weekend

Kim@ The Girl Can't Help It said...

The Reagan ad has always been my favorite! (Great compilation of Xmas smokes, by the way!)

janettaylor said...

Fabulous Xmas vintage feeling...Ha!

X♥X♥

Maggi said...

I just love Chesterfield ads, they were the best!

Belle de Ville said...

Where do you find these images. They're classic.

Couture Carrie said...

Wow these fab vintage ads have me wanting a cig real bad!

Cool post, Keith!

xoxox,
CC

Dominica said...

These posters are awesome ; they don't make stuff like this anymore ! Wish we all had a little more Dean Martin or Dita von Teese in our souls ....hehe

Allison said...

I really like this post a lot! Even though I'm not a smoker, these ads are so fun and beautiful =) In these days when smoking is never advertised, it's pretty cool to see the ads from the past!
Hope you had a great weekend, Keith!

D said...

I like the Ronald Reagan one the best too. It looks like they cut and paste the cigarette to his mouth. Great stuff.

D said...

I like the Ronald Reagan one the best too. It looks like they cut and paste the cigarette to his mouth. Great stuff.

Protege said...

Look at all the vintage adds and designs.;) Beautiful.
First I thought you were talking about the Chesterfield sofas and furniture.;) They are classy and timeless as well.
Hope you had a great weekend,
Zuzana

Lidian said...

Those are brilliant ads, I love them. Thanks for posting them - looking forward to more.

I have my mom's 1945 diary (she was 21) and she wrote that her sister gave her Lucky Strikes for a birthday present, and how nice that was. It really was a different planet back then, wasn't it?

Hope you had a great weekend, too :)

Dana Andrews said...

What a wonderful pictures. I like to see Bing Crosby with Chesterfield. I remember now another Chesterfield picture with Glenn Ford but it wasn't at Christmas time.

Style Seduction said...

I just quit smoking, now i want a chesterfield, haha not really but great post

bananas. said...

well i'm no smoker but i'll admit those ads are pretty awesome!

hope you had a fab weekend keith!

sweetpralinemadness said...

Wow, look how young Ronald Reagan looks!!! Hope you had a wonderful weekend. Have a super week.

sinnlighet said...

Keith,

I like your sensitivity and enthusiasm for retro style, all categories. I love love love your collage as usual!

Unfortunately, I am no a great lover of Christmas, and I always flees to India... I will work two days more...... and then I will travel to Mumbai.

Peace & Love

Agneta, the swedish one o;)

yyam said...

These are pretty cool ads...back when cigarette advertising didn't come with a health hazard label..

FashionJazz said...

I remember Chesterfield, these images are amazing! Great post!

Jasna

www.fashionjazz.co.za

Stéphanie said...

Oh Keith ! Your blog is just perfect !
http://mimietnini.canalblog.com/

Jessica said...

I love vintage ads - thanks for pulling all of these together! Could you imagine a politician being featured in a cigarette ad now?

Couture Millinery Atelier. said...

Keith, what a beautiful post, filled with Christmas spirit. Visiting your Blog always brings such a joy and warmth to my heart!"Chesterfiled" is my discovery of today - I have never heard this name before!

Nancy Sinatra Fan said...

I love these ads. The Ronald Reagan one is also my favorite. You never seen cigarette ads anymore, but especially not ones like this. I love that Andy Williams clip. I'm glad you added it in. I saw that special too.

Wolf Boy said...

These are cool to see. I don't think I've ever seen any of them before. I love that video of Silent Night. That's one of my favorite Christmas songs.

Maria G. said...

Hello!!! I love ads!! I studied Advertisment at the Uni! I love old ads, they are real painted, not printed like today! the ones you posted are so pretty!! thanks for sharing! kisses!

kpeach said...

The Reagan one is amazing-I'm sure that came back to haunt him! xo

Tights Lover said...

Great find. I love these ads!

...and could you imagine if they tried to run cigarette ads featuring Santa Claus now?

dapper kid said...

Absolutely loving that Reagan ad! I think old cigarette ads are way too often brushed aside for what they advertise, but some of them are pure amazing. Loving this post :)

Erika said...

It's so weird to see such jolly advertisements being used to sell cigarettes! I'm not a fan of smoking; but I definitely love the vintage whimsy of these adverts!! :)

Sher said...

wonderful collection of classic ads!

Maju said...

This pictures make me to wait more and more the Xtmas.

Have a nice week!

clarewbrown said...

Do we still have Chesterfield now? I haven't seen it before... I am loving all of these old school graphics and taglines!

Sam said...

Very stylish and super! Will listen to Andy when I get home! (I'm at work!) Looking forward to it!

Cait said...

so nostalgic!

Stephanie said...

Hey, too cool that we just saw that Andy Williams special on the other night. Great video. :) Love that song. :)

Mondo said...

Those ad's are fab Keith, Almost Norman Rockwellish

Kitty Be Good said...

Oh my- I love, love, LOVE this blog!

Jessica Cangiano said...

I'm not a smoker, but I am a vintage ad lover and thus adore these splendid adverts! There's so much history tied up in these festive ads, how can you not fall for them?

Wishing you the best holiday season ever, Keith!!!
♥ Jessica

Daniela said...

I love vintage ads and these ads are just awesome! I really love these a lot!

Great post - again!

http://gentsanddames.blogspot.com

Miss Go Lightly said...

Those are some really cool ads :)

Bob G. said...

MY aunt used to smoke Chesterfields..until she switched to Tareytons...
And she lived well into her NINETIES!!!

Great trip down memory lane...love the ads.

Maria Jensen said...

Wow, Ronald Regan wasn´t THAT important persona back then, but can u imagine someone do that kind of ad? They whould never get in the politics after that : p

LOVE Martin and Lewis ad! Spesially Dino´s look : p


Have a great weekend Keith : )