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16 assorted cigarette packets, 1920-50. Arranged on a black perspex graduated background.
Science Museum Group Collection
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Packet of 10 'Gold Flake' cigarettes by W D & HO Willis, England, 1920-1950. Three quarter side view, grey background
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Packet of 10 'Gold Flake' cigarettes by W D & HO Willis, England, 1920-1950. Three quarter side view of back of packet.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Packet of 'De Reszke' minors cigarettes by J Millhoff & Co. Ltd., Picadilly, London, 1920-1950. Three quarter view,
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Packet of 10 cigarettes by Abdulla & Co. Ltd., 173 New Bond Street, London, England, 1920-1950, Three quarter view.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Packet of Craven 'A' cigarettes by Carreras Ltd, Arcadia Works, London, England, 1920-1950. Three quarter view. Grey
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

De Reszke cigarettes are named after Jean de Reszke (1850-1925), a famous Polish opera singer, and were advertised as
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

De Reszke cigarettes are named after Jean de Reszke (1850-1925), a famous Polish opera singer, and were advertised as
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Packet of 'De Reszke' minors cigarettes by J Millhoff & Co. Ltd., Picadilly, London, 1920-1950. De Reszke cigarettes
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Packet of 'De Reszke' minors cigarettes by J Millhoff & Co. Ltd., Picadilly, London, 1920-1950. De Reszke cigarettes
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Packet of 'De Reszke' minors cigarettes by J Millhoff & Co. Ltd., Picadilly, London, 1920-1950. De Reszke cigarettes
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Packet of 'De Reszke' minors cigarettes by J Millhoff & Co. Ltd., Picadilly, London, 1920-1950. De Reszke cigarettes
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Packet of 10 cigarettes by Abdulla & Co. Ltd., 173 New Bond Street, London, England, 1920-1950. Made by Abdulla & Co
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Packet of 10 cigarettes by Abdulla & Co. Ltd., 173 New Bond Street, London, England, 1920-1950. Made by Abdulla & Co
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Packet of Craven 'A' cigarettes by Carreras Ltd, Arcadia Works, London, England, 1920-1950. Craven ‘A’ cork tipped
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Packet of Craven 'A' cigarettes by Carreras Ltd, Arcadia Works, London, England, 1920-1950. Craven ‘A’ cork tipped
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Packet of 10 cigarettes by Abdulla & Co. Ltd., 173 New Bond Street, London, England, 1920-1950. Made by Abdulla & Co
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Packet of Craven 'A' cigarettes by Carreras Ltd, Arcadia Works, London, England, 1920-1950. Craven ‘A’ cork tipped
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Packet of Craven 'A' cigarettes by Carreras Ltd, Arcadia Works, London, England, 1920-1950. Craven ‘A’ cork tipped
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Packet for 'Tenner' medium cigarettes, large size, by W A and A C Churchman Limited, Suffolk, England, 1920-1950.
Science Museum Group
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Packet of Craven 'A' cigarettes by Carreras Ltd, Arcadia Works, London, England, 1920-1950. Craven ‘A’ cork tipped
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Packet for 'Tenner' medium cigarettes, large size, by W A and A C Churchman Limited, Suffolk, England, 1920-1950.
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Packet for 'Tenner' medium cigarettes, large size, by W A and A C Churchman Limited, Suffolk, England, 1920-1950.
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Packet for 'Tenner' medium cigarettes, large size, by W A and A C Churchman Limited, Suffolk, England, 1920-1950.
Science Museum Group
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Packet of 5 'Player's Navy Cut' cigarettes manufactured from Virgina Tobacco, by John Player and Sons, Castle Tobacco
Science Museum Group
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Packet for 'Tenner' medium cigarettes, large size, by W A and A C Churchman Limited, Suffolk, England, 1920-1950.
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Packet of 5 'Player's Navy Cut' cigarettes manufactured from Virgina Tobacco, by John Player and Sons, Castle Tobacco
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Packet of 5 'Player's Navy Cut' cigarettes manufactured from Virgina Tobacco, by John Player and Sons, Castle Tobacco
Science Museum Group
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Packet of 5 'Player's Navy Cut' cigarettes manufactured from Virgina Tobacco, by John Player and Sons, Castle Tobacco
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Packet of 5 'Player's Navy Cut' cigarettes manufactured from Virgina Tobacco, by John Player and Sons, Castle Tobacco
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Packet of 5 'Player's Navy Cut' cigarettes manufactured from Virgina Tobacco, by John Player and Sons, Castle Tobacco
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Packet of 5 'Player's Navy Cut' cigarettes manufactured from Virgina Tobacco, by John Player and Sons, Castle Tobacco
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Packet of 20 'Havana Blend' cigarettes manufactured by B Morris and Sons Limited, London, England, 1920-1950.
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Packet of 20 'Havana Blend' cigarettes manufactured by B Morris and Sons Limited, London, England, 1920-1950.
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Packet of 20 'Havana Blend' cigarettes manufactured by B Morris and Sons Limited, London, England, 1920-1950.
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Packet of 20 'Havana Blend' cigarettes manufactured by B Morris and Sons Limited, London, England, 1920-1950.
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Packet of 20 'Havana Blend' cigarettes manufactured by B Morris and Sons Limited, London, England, 1920-1950.
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Packet of 20 'Havana Blend' cigarettes manufactured by B Morris and Sons Limited, London, England, 1920-1950.
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Packet of 20 'Havana Blend' cigarettes manufactured by B Morris and Sons Limited, London, England, 1920-1950.
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Packet of 20 'Churchman's No.1 Special' cigarettes manufactured by W A and A C Churchman Limited, Ipswich, Suffolk,
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Packet of 20 'Churchman's No.1 Special' cigarettes manufactured by W A and A C Churchman Limited, Ipswich, Suffolk,
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Packet of 20 'Churchman's No.1 Special' cigarettes manufactured by W A and A C Churchman Limited, Ipswich, Suffolk,
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Packet of 20 'Churchman's No.1 Special' cigarettes manufactured by W A and A C Churchman Limited, Ipswich, Suffolk,
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Packet of 20 'Three Castles' cigarettes, manufactured by W D and H O Wills Limited, Bristol, England, 1920-1950.
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Packet of 20 'Three Castles' cigarettes, manufactured by W D and H O Wills Limited, Bristol, England, 1920-1950.
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Packet of 20 'Three Castles' cigarettes, manufactured by W D and H O Wills Limited, Bristol, England, 1920-1950.
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Packet of 20 'Three Castles' cigarettes, manufactured by W D and H O Wills Limited, Bristol, England, 1920-1950.
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Packet of 20 'Three Castles' cigarettes, manufactured by W D and H O Wills Limited, Bristol, England, 1920-1950.
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

16 assorted cigarette packets, 1920-50.

This shows a selection of cigarettes available in the United Kingdom between the 1920s and the 1950s from various British tobacco companies. The links between smoking and health risks such as lung cancer only began to be made in the 1950s, particularly through the research done by Richard Doll and Austin Bradford Hill. However, their views were not immediately supported and it took some time for them to become accepted.

Unlike modern cigarette packaging, these examples offer no hint about any dangers to health. Instead of large graphic warnings, they sport distinct imagery and colours to create brand recognition in what became a hugely competitive market in the twentieth century.

Details

Category:
Smoking
Object Number:
1999-299
type:
cigarette
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
credit:
McPhail, Mary

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