1918 Egyptian Deities Cigarette Ad – Pilots

Egyptian cigarette ad 1918Here’s a cool bit of aviation advertising from 1918.

Obviously, it is for S. Anargyros‘ brand Egyptian Deities – the utmost in cigarettes, which is a bold claim, but dammit, the man smoking it is a pilot, and apparently the two women seem to love a man who says – and can prove – he is a pilot.

The ad says, as well, that “People of culture and refinement in variably prefer Deities to any other cigarette.”

Culture and refinement.

It should make you fly-boys (and girls) happy to think that that is what people (at least back in 1918) thought of you.

If you think the above ad is cool, see the full tabloid ad with the same art – but with the FULL image:

Egyptian Deities Full Tabloid Ad 1918.

Egyptian Deities Full Tabloid Ad 1918.

According to the website www.jinsburntofferings.com:

“The S. Anargyros Famous Cigarettes company of New York City catered to wealthy metropolitan smokers who had developed a taste for rich imported tobaccos. Turkish tobacco meant quality, and Anargyros specialized in expensive all-Turkish tobacco brands.”

Now, lest you all get on your high horsepower plane and defame the fact that it’s an ad for cigarettes, just recall that back in 1918, chances are pretty good that whatever plane these pilots were flying more than likely was also spewing out some smoke of its own – right into their face.

Back in the day, Egyptian Deities put out some high-quality artwork for its print advertisements.

About mreman47

Andrew was born in London, UK, raised in Toronto, Canada, and cavorted in Ohtawara, Japan for three years. He is married, has a son and a cat. He has over 35,000 comic books and a plethora of pioneer aviation-related tobacco and sports cards and likes to build LEGO dioramas. He has written and been an editor for various industrial magazines, has scripted comic books, ghost-written blogs for business sectors galore, and hates writing in the 3rd person. He also hates having to write this crap that no one will ever read. He works on his Pioneers Of Aviation - a cool blog on early fliers - even though it takes him so much time to do. He also wants to do more writing - for money, though. Help him out so he can stop talking in the 3rd person.
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