Blowing Smoke

19 09 2011

Something about the sweet, thick smoke of quality tobacco conjurs up exotic imagery.  So what if the designer of this elaborate cigar box label squeezed in a few extra pyramids?  More is better.  Almost every theme associated with ancient Egypt is represented here, rendered in brilliant color and accented with metallic gold and embossing.  Tobacco companies at the turn of the last century weren’t familiar with the word ‘subtle’.

 

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20 09 2011
Liezie

And did you recognize Alexandre Cabanel’s Cleopatra on the lower right corner?

20 09 2011
Dr. Sphinx

No – but there she is! I didn’t recognize her with more clothes on…

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