Hang around the internet long enough and you'll stumble across one of the classic TV commercials for Winston cigarettes, starring the Flintstones. Those spots from the early '60s are practically advertising legend at this point. If you haven't seen them, click on the link above and prepare to be amazed. Well if you thought that was cool -- or even if you didn't -- then you'll really enjoy this find. It's an original production animation cel from the second spot in that clip; a closeup of Fred Flintstone sparking a Winston and loving every second of it. Oddly enough, the animation is in glorious color while the cigarette appears to be a black and white photograph. Now that's responsible marketing!
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 comp