Packet of 'De Reszke' minors cigarettes by J Millhoff & Co. Ltd., Picadilly, London, 1920-1950
De Reszke cigarettes are named after Jean de Reszke (1850-1925), a famous Polish opera singer, and were advertised as ‘the Aristocrat of Cigarettes’. They are believed to have been produced by J Millhoff, a Russian cigarette maker living in London. He created a special blend of tobacco that – it was believed – would not damage the famous singer’s voice. In gratitude Millhoff was allowed to sell the blend as ‘De Reszke’ cigarettes.