August 25th, 2012

Smoke - Kids

It’s not harmful in black & white.

(submitted by Richard)

43 Responses to “Smoke”

  1. Anita Bath says:

    Ahhhh…little Donnie Draper. Wait…he wasn’t Don Draper then. He was Dick. Then grew up to be one.

  2. Scotte G says:

    Looks like the young lad is leaning up against an adult arm. If not, that kid has some awfully big hands.

    “I don’t normally smoke, but when I do, I smoke Chesterfields”

  3. Lance Corporal says:

    Jackie Gleason, age 10 – How Sweet It Is!

  4. Candy says:

    So, smoking really DOES stunt your growth!

  5. yokozbornak says:

    He’s the most interesting boy in the world. He’s quite the debonaire little fellow!

  6. grant says:

    Van Halen 1984 album cover inspiration

  7. A D Fogg says:

    My family doctor used to smoke in the exam room with us… This photo is about the same as the 8-year-old girl in the Glamor Shots get-up from a few days ago.

  8. Natasha Bugay says:

    This is from an App on iPhone where you insert a picture and it is edited to look genuine, I can’t remember it’s name but I did have it and created a similar photo using my brother, nephew, son, husband…

  9. erika says:

    It seems to me that the whole arm is photoshopped in (not just the smoke). It’s on a strange angle.

  10. Lizabeth says:

    OH My gosh what a picture. The smoke does look kind of fake; probably painted in. In fact the whole picture, while real, looks kind of soft & fuzzy; to set a mood of calm & cool. Let’s hear it for marketing. Anyone recall that you could buy CANDY cigarettes in the early ’60’s? They came in 2 types. One was a cigarette shaped/sized bubble gum wrapped in white paper. The other kind was basically a white tasteless hard sugary cylinder with a pinkish orange tip (to look like it was lit) made to look like a cigarette. They came in a box with marketing slogans on them to be kind of like Marlboro or Lucky Strike Cig. I am not a smoker, & never have been. But I def DO recall “playing adult” as a kid & buying those candy cigarettes.

    • Kristin says:

      Not just in the 60s… We were buying the candy cigarettes in the 90s! I think one even made it into our high school yearbook…

    • Zenoa says:

      Forget being “kind of like” Marlboro or Lucky Strike, those were actual packages, I don’t know about when they first came out but by the time I was a kid in the 80s all the candy cigarettes had the actual brand names. I used to get the Pall Mall red cuz my parents smoked Pall Mall Golds, I think I only once found the candy in a Pall Mall Gold package. Even if these were always intended to get kids to become smokers as adults, I never did become a smoker, I don’t even understand the appeal of smoking but it WAS fun to pretend to smoke the candy cigs.

  11. Erin says:

    Ignore any haters. What’s “awkward” about so many of these photos is what we know now (ex. parachute pants and mullets are not always going to be sexy) vs. what we knew then. If it makes people squirm and feel uncomfortable, let’s remember that there are some politicians who’d like us to return to the days this photo was taken. Ah, yes.

    • Brian says:

      Ah, yes. Can you believe those backward politicians who think fondly of the greatest generation. As well as that time when the American dream was real, people worked hard instead of looking for a hand-out and no one would think of asking others to pay for their birth control. Ah, yes.

      • Patti says:

        Ah yes, the days when we could come to this website for a giggle instead of political bs. Leave the politics and religious beliefs for another website, please?

        • Brian says:

          I feel exactly the same way. Who said anything about religion? I simply responded to the political bs in a different way than you did. The fact that you chose to chastise me and not Erin is awkward.

  12. Biribi says:

    Glamour shot for boys…! Wow mentality have changed since these days. Back then I guess it was just kid’s play, pretending to be a geown-up like his dad. I have pictures of me somewhere with my dad’s shoes on and a bottle of beer in my mouth. At 2 or 3 years old. And I’m a girl 😉 ha ha!

  13. Ginny says:

    Tim R., I agree that the smoke was “photoshopped” and even though there was no photoshop then, they did have ways of enhancing photos in the old days. Also, it could have been scanned and photoshopped recently. It’s a disgusting picture, but at least that isn’t a real lit cigarette. Still, attitudes were very different about smoking way back when. My mother was given a charm for her charm bracelet when she was 16 (she’s 72 now) of a smoldering cigarette in an ashtray BY HER PARENTS.

  14. Junebug says:

    How Don Draper landed the Lucky Strike campaign.

  15. Alan says:

    Mr Nic O’Tine. He’s in flavor country.

  16. Jose M says:

    I’d like to know what year this photograph was taken.

  17. Jeremy M. says:

    Aww… John Candy looked so adorable as a young boy!!

  18. TheGoodFairy says:

    The tattoo on his forearm is covered by his sleeves.

  19. JS says:

    Wrong? Maybe. But I hear he never inhaled!

  20. MikeH says:

    Disturbing photo? No. Sure smoking may be harmful to your health, and i’ll catch flak from anti-smokers. But smoking was a norm for adults back in the day, and this is just kid play on the subject. And I know what the following responses are going to be, whatever.

  21. steve says:

    Smoking wasn’t known to be bad for your health at this time. Cigarette companies published full page ads featuring real doctors in lab coats claiming cigarettes were GOOD for your health because they helped calm your nerves and reduced stress.

    • AndrewT says:

      Smoking was shown to be harmful in 1950 by Richard Doll. We just don’t know whether this photo is older than that or not.

  22. Paul says:

    It looks like it might be one of those cancy cigarettes that were a ‘thing’ for kids at the time

  23. JanG says:

    this picture literally made my jaw drop. Love to know the story behind it. Disturbing to say the least. I wonder if he grew up to be a smoker… so many questions, so little chance of discovering answers

    • mrs5180 says:

      just what i was thinking—would love to know more about this guy when he got older.
      I know smoking was more of a norm back then, been watching a bunch of Gene Kelly and Katherine Hepburn movies lately & holy cow, smoke everywhere!!! But have never seen a photo, especially with a kid, that used a prop cigarette.

  24. Scout C says:

    Photographer and parents agreed that a martini glass in his left hand, too, might be a little excessive.

  25. Sean says:

    I’m sure the anti-smoking zealots are going to have a heyday over this one.

  26. Joaniebaloney83 says:

    Mel Torme, the Early Years!

  27. JN says:

    Someone forgot to light the cigarette.

  28. Dood says:

    I bet he drank soda full of sugar, too..

  29. Tim R says:

    It’s also not harmful when your cigarette (if it’s even real) is not lit and the smoke is “photoshopped.” It probably didn’t seem as weird back then as it does now.

    Before anyone comments, I know they didn’t have Photoshop back then.

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