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    Posted 6 years ago

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    Ever since I was a wee little one, I have been a Reagan fanboy. Nixon and Reagan were the two 8x10 framed photos that I had in my bedroom growing up in the 1980s.

    As much as it bucks the modern trend, I am a fan of smoking. Not that anyone should be forced to do it, but I just think the world was a better place when cigarettes were accepted and commonplace. One of the many reasons I love Las Vegas.

    Anyway, getting back to this Advert. This was a Chesterfield Cigarette ad starring famous actor and future President of the United States, Ronald Reagan celebrating Christmas around the year 1948.

    I have this original ad, framed in the home office, and I look forward it passing it down in the family.

    Too bad I can't enjoy a Chesterfield. They are only sold in Europe. Camel will have to do.

    Merry Christmas and Happy Festivus everyone!

    Smoke 'em if ya got 'em! :)

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    1. MisterEsoteric MisterEsoteric, 6 years ago
      Merry Christmas to you, Weirdpuckett! Thanks for posting that story.

      I do tend to hang out in casinos more often than I should. Often when I get off work, which means that I am walking through the casino in a suit, so 110% of the visitors (and employees) in the building think I work there. I have directed more tourists to nonexistent bathrooms and guest elevators than I can count. After a long day at work, sometimes it's the little things that keep us going.

      Enjoy that Pall Mall, sir! And of course, Merry Christmas!
    2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      All the best to YOU & YOURS over the Festive Season !!!!!!
    3. trunkman trunkman, 6 years ago
      Nice add -- I tried smoking a Chesterfield but the pillows kept igniting... budump pa... get no respect... I was thinking of getting my "Intellectual" 14 yr. old boy a pipe for Christmas. I walked into a tobacco store and walked out with a gun lighter for myself.. don't even smoke anymore. That lighter is way cool. The halcyon days of smoking in the fort. It's a throwback to see Reagan engulfed in cartons of smokes... and to see them as Christmas gifts. Thanks for the post and have a wonderful holiday...
    4. Jewels Jewels, 6 years ago
      "I'm sending Chesterfields to all my friends..." Lol! That's an interesting gift! Never smoked, so I would have to regift :D I do like pipes though...
    5. MisterEsoteric MisterEsoteric, 6 years ago
      Haha! Thanks for posting everyone! You all are welcome to send a carton my way! Through online research I discovered that Chesterfield cigarettes are no longer sold in the US market. They are exclusive to European and Asian markets now.

      Trunmman: One of my biggest regrets was not seeing Rodney Dangerfield live at MGM when we first moved to town. We had the chance and we ddn't get the tickets. He died a short time later. :(

      Thanks again for the love and for posting everyone!
    6. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 6 years ago
      A doctor friend gave me the full program of the "Patch". After a few weeks, he asked me if it was working. I told him, "They are easy to roll, but hard to keep lit!". I quit 10-15 yrs ago, but still enjoy the smell of fresh tobacco smoke. Hate dirty ashtrays and the smell on a girls breath. Good poste.
    7. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 6 years ago
      So can we sue the Regan and his family if we all have cancer ..nice picture
    8. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 6 years ago
      dang would give my right arm for a pack of camels.right now .smiling
    9. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 6 years ago
      We buy them at $17-18 per carton, so I take 1 carton over my limit when I go to the States & people jump at buying them at $35-40 per carton. Hey, I don't miss many tricks! LOL!
    10. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 6 years ago
      take them to Canada ...70...
    11. MisterEsoteric MisterEsoteric, 6 years ago
      Thank you for the comments everyone! You know the risks when you decide to smoke. If you get cancer, you can't blame anyone but yourself. If you eat a lot of fast food, you will get fat. If you drink a lot, you might get a DUI or kill someone. That is all on you. Not on Jack Daniels.

      It can go either way. My Grandfather died at 84 with a cigarette in his hand, puffing away in the hospital bed. He passed away peacefully. Yes, there are others that get lung cancer at die by age 30. You never know. I could have a heart attack before I finish this post. I could get shot in a drive by. I could be standing on a toilet hanging a picture and slip and fall and hit my head on the sink and come up with the idea for the Flux Capacitor. You just never know.

      I smoke Camel Crush Silver Pack. I like to vary between menthol and non. I buy them by the carton. Here in Vegas you are looking right around $41. Mom & Pop smoke shops are the best values, and they usually give you a free lighter when you buy a carton.

      When I used to smoke high end cigarettes, it was either Dunhills or Benson & Hedges Deluxe Ultralight Menthol. Then they changed the laws regarding wording and ultralight became known as Silver. Whatever. Flavor is flavor.

      Smoke 'em if you got 'em!

      Thanks again for posting everyone and for the love! Merry Christmas!
    12. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 6 years ago
      Actually Mister, I think the taxes on tobacco & alcohol are a selective tax & unconstitutional in your selective countries. I haven't smoked in over a decade but see it as a selective target tax. Money for more bombs & bullets to kill people I have nothing against. Killing seems to be a fad!
    13. MisterEsoteric MisterEsoteric, 6 years ago
      Interesting viewpoint, blunderbuss.

      Thank you for posting and for the love, everyone! Happy New Year!
    14. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Happy smokin' ! We have Chesterfields here in France, all blond cigarets are 7€, nearly $10!!!
      I smoke Fine 120 light, not ready to quit :-P
    15. antiquerose antiquerose, 5 years ago
      Neat old Ad!! Great Xmas one !!

      YIKES .....I think you need a $ 100.00 bill ( at least ) here to buy a carton !!
    16. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Great ad from a time when the risk wasn't fully understood.

      "You know the risks when you decide to smoke. If you get cancer, you can't blame anyone but yourself." Non- smokers have a hole heap of people to blame! It is called second hand smoke.

      I personally don't yearn for a return of the days when most restaurants and buildings reaked of smoke.

    17. LOUMANAL LOUMANAL, 5 years ago
      Ditto with scottvez!
    18. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
      I read somewhere that the 2nd hand smoke thing was a scientific lie perpetuated by repetition, like many others.
    19. roddyq roddyq, 4 years ago
      American cigarettes cost around 50 pesos in Mexico. 18.75 pesos = $1.00 USA . I don't smoke have taken cartons back to Canada though.
    20. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
      Amer. cigs are $18. a carton in St. Maarten. Mailing cartons from there is a very profitable business. Just ask me. Buy them cheap on the Dutch side & mail them on the French side, where it is the same as mailing in France.
    21. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 3 years ago
      regarding the patch: When Patsy on Absolutely Fabulous was smoking while wearing the patch, she told Edwina that she was 'recharging the patch'!
    22. valentino97 valentino97, 3 years ago
      I love AbFab, I don't remember that, but I am sure Patsy said it. LOL

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