Soviet cigarette ads 1920-1929   Leave a comment


Russians love to smoke. And this was especially the case in the early part of the twentieth century. Smoking was huge throughout the industrialized world back then. The communist government in Moscow wanted to sedate the population with nicotine while at the same time generating revenue for the command economy.

A couple years ago the Russian army was going to cut cigarette rations to the troops, rumblings of mutiny surfaced and the army stepped up cigarette deliveries to the soldiers.

Ranking Country Number of cigarettes
per adult per year
1  Greece 2,996
2  Serbia 2,924
3  Bulgaria 2,822
4  Russia 2,786
5  Moldova 2,479
6  Lebanon 2,451
7  Ukraine 2,401
8  Slovenia 2,360
9  Bosnia and Herzegovina 2,278
10  Belarus 2,266

World Health Organization 2014

Ask for packaged Sappho cigarettes, 1929. Artist: Zelensky, Alexander Nikolaevich (1882-1942) (Photo by Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images)

Smoke the cigarettes The Pack (Advertising Poster), 1927. Found in the collection of the State History Museum, Moscow. (Photo by Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images)

This proletariat cowboy is off to fields on a cigarette rocket.

Russian Communist art: packaging for cigarettes (Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)

I wish I could read Russian. A bull, a horse and a farm tractor. This brand may be called farmyard fun smokes.

RUSSIA - CIRCA 1925:  Salesman,Cigarettes,Soviet Commercial Design  (Photo by Buyenlarge/Getty Images)

Russian Communist art: advert for cigarettes (Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)

Smoking barnyard fun again.

Russian Communist poster art: Advert for cigarettes (Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)

Siberian Army smoker.  Cigarette package, Russia.  ca.1920.

Siberian Army smoker.

RUSSIA - CIRCA 1925:  Cigarettes,plane,clouds,Soviet Commercial Design  (Photo by Buyenlarge/Getty Images)

Russian Communist poster art: Advert for cigarettes (Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)

Ask for packaged Sappho cigarettes, 1929. Artist: Zelensky, Alexander Nikolaevich (1882-1942) (Photo by Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images)

Posted March 3, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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