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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Old Gold Cigarette 1956

Old Gold Cigarette 1956

Old Gold Cigarette Promotional Girls. 1956.

Old Gold

I am 60 now, and remember that commercial well. I believe the girl in the background is Mary Tyler Moore, inasmuch as she has more slender legs.

Mary Tyler Moore

The dancing Old Gold cigarette packs were featured in a popular TV commercial of 1952. One pair of those legs dancing to "Sidewalks of New York" belonged to a young Mary Tyler Moore.

 
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