Cigar Advisor Publishes Article on Vintage Cigar Ads

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Cigar Advisor Magazine is a digital publication dedicated to providing cigar enthusiasts with entertaining and informative content. Their November 2013 issue features a piece entitled, "Vintage Cigar Smut", a view through history of some of the less-than-savory ways cigars have been advertised.

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Cigar Advisor gives a look through history at women and cigar advertising

When the world's most famous fetish model, Dita Von Teese, poses with a cigar, is she really smoking it or simply covering all fetish bases in her quest to replace Bettie Page as the most recognized fetishistic pin-up model of all time?

The all-new Cigar Advisor Magazine is an online cigar magazine that brings a fresh, irreverent, and down-to-earth perspective on all things cigars to thousands of smokers. In addition to educational cigar content and behind-the-scenes cigar industry articles from some of the business’s top names, Cigar Advisor delivers an array of content about a variety of topics of interest to people who enjoy the cigar lifestyle. The magazine also features cigar reviews and ratings submitted by real smokers. Cigar Advisor Magazine has posted an essay entitled, “Vintage Cigar Smut (Or, when is a cigar not a cigar, but a fetish?)." Written by pop culture historian, author, and smut maven, Jim Linderman, he begs the following question: "When the world's most famous fetish model, Dita Von Teese, poses with a cigar, is she really smoking it or simply covering all fetish bases in her quest to replace Bettie Page as the most recognized fetishistic pin-up model of all time?"

As times changed the pictures became more and more provocative. The cigar ad with the sexy babe holding a cigar to her lips is virtually passé, when you compare them to the myriad websites today that provide much more erotic photographs of women seductively puffing away; sites that aren't necessarily intended for avid cigar smokers.

Things were less overt during earlier times in America. "World War II pin-ups may have been smoking hot, but they were not generally smoking cigars," writes Linderman. He also asserts that pin-up girls like Betty Grable, were "virtually invented for army foot lockers and duffel bags," but were usually relegated to promoting cigarettes.

Going back even further, Linderman touches on the famous photo of Bonnie Parker leaning on the hood of Clyde's car with one leg up on the bumper while holding a cigar in one hand and a gun in the other. "Despite her 'less than Faye Dunaway' looks," writes Linderman, "she not only became the first notable woman sprawled over an automobile, she became an early symbol of female rebellion."

Suffice it to say, it's not the cigar, but what the cigar represents.

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