A great many non-smokers still love collecting smoking memorabilia!

cigarette collectibles at Bahoukas

We have some wonderful cigarette collectibles that include cigarette packs, tobacco, papers (for rolling tobacco) and pouches/tins. Did you know that the original Lucky Strike pack was green and red. Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about that:

The brand’s signature dark-green pack was changed to white in 1942. In a famous advertising campaign that used the slogan “Lucky Strike Green has gone to war”, the company claimed the change was made because the copper used in the green color was needed for World War II. American Tobacco actually used chromium to produce the green ink, and copper to produce the gold-colored trim. A limited supply of each was available, and substitute materials made the package look drab.

The white package actually was introduced to modernize the label and to increase the appeal of the package among female smokers; market studies showed that the green package was not found attractive to women, who had become important consumers of tobacco products. The war effort became a convenient way to make the product more marketable while appearing patriotic at the same time.

Famed industrial designer Raymond Loewy was challenged by company president George Washington Hill to improve the existing green and red package, with a $50,000 bet at stake. Loewy changed the background from green to white, making it more attractive to women, as well as cutting printing costs by eliminating the need for green dye. He also placed the Lucky Strike target logo on both sides of the package, a move that increased both visibility and sales. Hill paid off the bet.

tins of pipe-cigarette tobacco at Bahoukas Antique Mall

In addition to cigarette smoking collectibles, we have an eclectic selection of tobacco tins. Colorful and collectible.

If there’s any tobacco still in them, I’m not sure it’s any good. But many of the tins would make great gift containers or for decorating.

Stop in and see them for yourself.

 

Zippo lighters and Winston Cup Nascar Driver Matchbooks

And finally, we couldn’t mention smoking collectibles without showing off our ZIPPO lighters. Any one and everyone of the decades of popular smoking knows about a ZIPPO lighter – advertised to light under any wind conditions with a lifetime guarantee.

Did you know there’s a ZIPPO MUSEUM!

And here’s the rest of the ZIPPO STORY!

The matchbooks are Winston Cup Nascar Drivers. Visit us and see them for yourself.

These are some awesome stocking stuffer gifts for the smoker – or past smoker – who remembers those days!

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