Retrotisement: Winston cigarettes (feat. The Flintstones)

You know what’s even more awesome than the fact that Winston cigarettes sponsored a cartoon?  The fact that the main characters, as was the custom for TV shows of the ’50s and early ’60s, appeared in ads actually smoking them.  Behold, an infamous Winston spot from The Flintstones, circa 1960-61:

See, I told you it was awesome.  Even better, and almost lost in the clouds of secondhand smoke, is that little gem of pre-Women’s Lib chauvinism that starts the ad.  As Wilma and Betty toil in the yard, Fred has a brilliant idea – “Let’s go around back where we can’t see ’em!”  He’s like Don Draper in an animal pelt.

Winston, who also sponsored The Beverly Hillbillies around the same time, pulled its sponsorship from The Flintstones when Wilma became pregnant.  I guess even tobacco companies have to draw the line somewhere.

Oh wait, no they don’t.

4 thoughts on “Retrotisement: Winston cigarettes (feat. The Flintstones)

  1. clever-title

    To be fair, The Flintstones started as a show for adults not kids, like the Simpsons or Family Guy.

  2. clever-title

    To be fair, The Flintstones started as a show for adults not kids, like the Simpsons or Family Guy.

  3. Thom

    It’s like those parodies of smoking ads they’ve done on The Simpsons and Family Guy… only it’s real.

  4. Thom

    It’s like those parodies of smoking ads they’ve done on The Simpsons and Family Guy… only it’s real.

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