Date: 1928
Brand: Lucky Strike
Manufacturer: American Tobacco Company
Campaign: Movie Stars - Women
Theme: Movie Stars
Keywords: females, actors,
Quote: The strain of constant posing before a camera is sometimes great. A few puffs from a good cigarette is the quickest relief. I always have luckies on the set. They soothe without the slightest throat irritation. the cream of the Tobacco Crop: I love the tobacco business. There is a facination about it that grips you. The fine texture and beauty of the leaf of tobacco appeals to the tobacco byer as a great painting does to the artist. I buy tobacco for Lucky Strike Cigarettes. I buy the Cream of the Crop. Under instructions only the best and mildest goes into Lucky Strike. It is my job to see that this is so.- G. Holman, Buyer of Tobacco

Comment: Betty Compson (1897 1974)





Movie Stars - Women

The 1920s and 1930s saw the heyday of celebrity endorsement, with celebrities hawking everything from soap and pantyhose to canned beans and cars. Tobacco companies were especially fond of celebrity testimonials, enlisting hundreds upon hundreds of celebrities to endorse their tobacco products well into the 1960s. In these advertisements, movie stars, famous singers, athletes, and even socialites graced the pages of popular magazines, editorials, and newspapers printed across the country.

Famous voices, in this case female movie stars, had a particular appeal for cigarette advertisers. The emphasis on a healthy, clear voice in the movie star s line of work was an ideal avenue for portraying cigarettes as healthful, rather than harmful. The concept was that if a famous actress entrusted her voice and throat her source of revenue to a cigarette brand, then it must not be so bad! For example, a consumer might see an ad and muse, If Lucille Ball trusts Chesterfield, then it s good enough for me. In addition to providing health claims, movie stars were also glamorous and represented a walk of life attractive to consumers who were already invested in tabloids and the lives of the show business elite.

It wasn t until 1964 that tobacco companies were banned from using testimonials from athletes, entertainers, and other famous personalities who might be appealing to consumers under 21 years of age.

The 1920s and 1930s saw the heyday of celebrity endorsement, with celebrities hawking everything from soap and pantyhose to canned beans and cars. Tobacco companies were especially fond of celebrity testimonials, enlisting hundreds upon hundreds of celebrities to endorse their tobacco products well into the 1960s. In these advertisements, movie stars, famous singers, athletes, and even socialites graced the pages of popular magazines, editorials, and newspapers printed across the country.

Famous voices, in this case female movie stars, had a particular appeal for cigarette advertisers. The emphasis on a healthy, clear voice in the movie star s line of work was an ideal avenue for portraying cigarettes as healthful, rather than harmful. The concept was that if a famous actress entrusted her voice and throat her source of revenue to a cigarette brand, then it must not be so bad! For example, a consumer might see an ad and muse, If Lucille Ball trusts Chesterfield, then it s good enough for me. In addition to providing health claims, movie stars were also glamorous and represented a walk of life attractive to consumers who were already invested in tabloids and the lives of the show business elite.

It wasn t until 1964 that tobacco companies were banned from using testimonials from athletes, entertainers, and other famous personalities who might be appealing to consumers under 21 years of age.






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