"There is difference and there is power. And who holds the power decides the meaning of the difference." --June Jordan

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Vintage Ad of the Day


Text reads:
A cigar brings out the caveman in you.

There's a man-size feeling of power in smoking a cigar. Because cigars give you a psychological lift along with flavor and satisfaction. You needn't inhale to enjoy them . . . and no other pleasure so great costs so little. Try a few cigars today and . . .Get that good cigar feeling!

Umm, yeah. So only men can smoke cigars. And when they do, they become "cavemen", in which "cavemen" means men in business suits with clubs and women dressed in animal prints at their feet.


Bachelor Girl said...

Oh dear God almighty Jesus. This is by FAR the worst one yet.

Like, it literally makes me nervous. I keep expecting the picture to move and him to bring that big-ass club down on her head.


Unapologetically Mundane said...

I like the fat piggy in the background.

The cigar association or whoever you said put this out should have really had a heyday with the whole Bill Clinton cigar story, right? They really missed the boat.

Tracey said...

Bachelor Girl: Yeah, it totally grosses me out, too. And the way she's just looking up adoringly at him makes me want to scream.

Unapologetically Mundane (formerly known as plumpdumpling, also known as Katie): Totes. I wonder if they were still around when all that happened. I imagine they wouldn't have been allowed to put out print ads in magazines anymore, but maybe they had some great posters up in cigar stores.

Anonymous said...

I just found this site, and this post, today, so apologies for being rather late to the game. But I just had to laugh at the text that cigars give you a "man-size" "psychological lift." Wow. I mean, considering the association of cigars + psychology + lift, are they saying that smoking cigars will give you an erection?

Tracey said...

Wow, I didn't catch that. But it does seem rather suggestive of that, huh? Maybe the implicit association with virility was supposed to boost sales?

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