“Wherever particular people congregate” popped into my head as soon as I saw the prompt. Those of you whose parents smoked, or who smoked yourselves, recognize this from the pack of Pall Mall (pronounced “pell mell”) cigarettes. Maybe because Lee Marvin smoked them…
As far back as I can remember, Mom smoked king-sized Chesterfields. When they became impossible to find, she started smoking Pall Malls. At least until she had to quit because she was having trouble breathing.
I had a boss who smoked Pall Malls, the unfiltered ones like Mom and Lee Marvin. My boss was also a Vietnam veteran, which I guess is where he learned to smoke nonfiltered cigarettes. Hey, if I was in Vietnam back then, I might have done the same.
Pall Mall was originally a British cigarette, then it crossed the Atlantic, kind of like “Honey Pie.”
The thing I remember about cigarettes, besides smoking them, is the commercials, which were plentiful until the FCC banned cigarette commercials at midnight on January 2, 1971. We saw them on TV, heard them on the radio, and magazines and newspapers were full of cigarette ads, especially after the commercials were taken off TV and radio. Pall Mall was one of the first cigarettes to come out with a 100 mm (4″) cigarette, and it was advertised as “the seven minute cigarette.”
I can’t be the only person that remembers this. There must be someone somewhere…
Stream of Consciousness Saturday is brought to you each week by Linda Hill and this station. Brought to you this week by (what else?) Pall Mall cigarettes. Outstanding… and they are mild!