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Nicotine Angel: 1918

Nicotine Angel: 1918

June 24, 1918. "Representative of American Red Cross Home Communication Service distributing cigarettes in hospital at Contrexeville, France." 5x7 glass negative by Lewis Hine for the American National Red Cross. View full size.

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Lucky Strikes and Red Cross ciggies

The famous slogan regarding the change from the green Lucky Strike package to the white is in this ad.

My dad, a WWII 82nd Airborne vet, also mentioned how he liked getting Red Cross smokes.

Soldiers' best friend

Cigarettes were issued in U.S. government rations through the 1970s and to this day the Geneva Conventions prescribe a tobacco ration for prisoners of war.

Green Lucky Strike packs

Boy, I wish I had an unopened green pack of Luckies sitting in a display case. They were green until the start of WW2 when the chromium used in the ink was diverted to war production.

L.S.M.F.T. Childhood TV memory!


Its funny how times have changed. My dad a World War II vet used to tell me how welcome the Red Cross with the cigarettes were. He said the soldiers looked forward to it.

Ty Cobb Approved

of Tuxedo Tobacco in this 1915 ad. Apparently that was good enough for our young soldier.

Holy Smokes!

Could you imagine if the Red Cross passed out cigarettes in a hospital today?!? Yeah, me neither.

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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