“Official Price Guide to Collectibles”
by Harry L Rinker
The number of cigarette smokers grew steadily throughout the 19th century and first two decades of the 20th century. By the 1940s the cigarette was the dominant tobacco product sold in America. In the 1950s cigarette manufacturers were major periodical and television advertisers.
The Surgeon General’s Report changed everything. Despite limitations on advertising and repeated nonsmoking bans, the cigarette industry has proven highly resourceful in creating public exposure for its product— just watch any televised NASCAR race.
Surprisingly, as the anti-smoking crusade has become stronger, the interest in cigarette collectibles has increased. Cigarette memorabilia, especially advertising dating between 1945 and 1960, is one of the hot collectibles of the 1990s.
References: Douglas Congdon-Martin, Camel Cigarette Collectibles: The Early Years, 1913–1963, Schiffer Publishing, 1996; Douglas Congdon-Martin, Camel Cigarette Collectibles, 1964–1995, Schiffer Publishing, 1997 Murray Cards International Ltd. (comp.), Cigarette Card Values: 1994 Catalogue of Cigarette and Other Trade Cards, Murray Cards International, 1994; Fernando Righini and Marco Papazzoni, The International Collector’s Book of Cigarette Packs, Schiffer Publishing, 1998; Neil Wood, Smoking Collectibles: A Price Guide, L-W Book Sales, 1994.