Holidays were the best time to seduce the public into believing cigarettes were a great gift to share with friends and family. Santa has been in dozens of tobacco ads. In some of the ads he is sweet and cheery and others he is dressed in military uniforms handing out cigarettes to our military men.
Q:what year was kool launched, i have conflicting dates 1931, 1933
In 1933 Brown and Williamson Tobacco Corporation from Louisville Kentucky announced “Kool” as a cork-tipped cigarette mildly mentholated. There was a huge Menthol campaign with Willie the Penguin starting in 1933 and carried through heavily into the 1940’s and 1950’s. Here is an ad from our collection with realistic looking penguins introducing Kool’s. But we believe this came out as a trial run for the brand. As Kool was introduced formally in February 1933.
This ad is part of our ever growing collection. Let me know if you need a high resolution copy of it.
I hope this helps!