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Big Tobacco in the Big Apple

How New York City Became the Heart of the Tobacco Industry
…and Anti Smoking Activism

Sports Sponsorship by Tobacco Companies

BTBA NYC

Tobacco in the Ring and on the Court, the Diamond, and the Gridiron (2:13)

Broklyn Nationals

Cigarette Card
Fatima
1913

New York Nationals

Cigarette Card
Fatima
1913

New York Americans

Cigarette Card
Fatima
1913

“I like Luckies. They are mild and mellow.” – Tony Lazzeri

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Lucky Strike
American Tobacco Company
1920s

Red Murray, New York Nationals

“T206” Baseball Card
Piedmont Cigarettes
American Tobacco Company
1909-1911

‘They Don’t Get Your Wind” Athletes Say

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Camel
R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.
1935

Happy Felton’s Knothole Gang (0:25)

Video Clip Featuring Lucky Strike Billboard in the Background, June 26, 1956

Happy Felton’s Knothole Gang [2] (26:07)

Video of the Entire Program, June 26, 1956

Play-by-Play Broadcast from Ebbetts Field of the Eighth and Ninth Innings of a No-Hitter by Brooklyn Dodgers Pitcher Sal Maglie,
September 25, 1956, Featuring Two Lucky Strike Cigarettes Commercials Read by Vin Scully (20:44)

“Proof Positive” – Babe Ruth

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Raleigh
R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
1946

“The Winner” – Joe Louis

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Chesterfield
Liggett & Meyers Tobacco Co.
1948

It’s a Hit! – Sign at the Polo Grounds

Billboard
Chesterfield
Ligget & Meyers Tobacco Co.
1940s

“Chesterfields are milder” – Joe DiMaggio

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Chesterfield
Ligget & Meyers Tobacco Co.
The Sporting News
Ocotber 26, 1948

“Take my tip – smoke Chesterfild .. much milder” – Jackie Robinson

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Ligget & Meyers Tobacco Co.
The Sporting News
January 4, 1950

Joe DiMaggio’s Mighty Swing

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Camel
R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.
Life Magazine
1942

“Yessir! the Ol’ Redhead has changed to Camels” 

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Camel
R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.
1954

“For rich flavor, my choice is Camels” – Dick Nolan

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Camel
R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.
1959

Don Larsen relives the day he made baseball history.

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Camel
R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.
1957

“My steady chew for years” – Johnny Mize

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Red Man
1950s

“I like that clean tste and smooth feeling in my throat” – Elston Howard

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Kool
Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp.
1960

Take a tip from Sam Huff

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Marlboro
Philip Morris
1957

“You said it, Dad!”

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Phillies
Bayuk Cigars, Inc.
1964

“Mickey Mantle Baseball Special”

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Phillies
Bayuk Cigars, Inc.
1964

“I’m Jim ‘Catfish’ Hunter. I’ve been chewing Red Man for over 12 years.”

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Redman
1970s

New Idea in Filters

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Philip Morris
Sports Illustrated
1964

Benson & Hedges 100s

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Benson & Hedges
Sports Illustrated
1977

Alive with pleasure! Newport

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R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.
Sports Illustrated
1983

Virginia Slims Championships

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Virginia Slims
Philip Morris Inc.
1991

Virginia Slims Championship of New York

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Virginia Slims
Philip Morris Inc.
1990s

Wirginia Slims Tennis 1992

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Virginia Slims
Philip Morris Inc.
Inside Women’s Tennis
April, 1992

The One Million Dollar Virginia Slims Championships

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Virginia Slims
Philip Morris Inc.
1990s

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