OLD CIGARETTE PACKETS FROM THE 1900s
Cigarette prices from the 1900s1946 Will's Embassy. Large Size - Mild Flavour. Plain or Cork Tipped. 20 for 2/4.
1946 Four Square Tobacco 2/8d and 3 shillings per ounce.
1947 Fryers Special Tobacco 4/4d per ounce.
1954 Wills's Whiffs 7½d each.
1954 Philip Morris Cigarettes. 3/9 for 20!
1958 Bachelor Tipped 10 for 1/8 - 20 for 3/4.
There were five main manufactures in the industry in Britain: Rothmans and Philip Morris, who have 14 per cent of the British market between them, but do not manufacture here; there is BAT, whose factory in Southampton sells only to overseas markets. Then there are two British-based companies, Imperial and Gallaher: both manufacture and sell here. Imperial, now owned by Hanson, makes Regal, Embassy and Superkings, and used to make Number 6, Imperial's brands are big in the north and in Scotland. Gallaher, a subsidiary of the US tobacco firm American Brands, is big in the south, and produces the market- leaders Benson & Hedges (18 per cent) and Silk Cut (10 per cent), as well as others such as Park Drive and Berkeley. Lambert & Butler is Imperial, Winston is Gallaher, Dunhill is Rothmans, Sobranie is Gallaher, Woodbine is Imperial.