Murad Cigarette Box

Murad Cigarette Box

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This clam shell cigarette box contained cigarettes made by P. Lorillard Tobacco Company. Lorillard employed “Oriental” themes in their advertising of Murad to emphasize the Turkish roots of the tobacco blend. Advertising at the time tried to capture Eastern-inspired fashion trends – drenching images in the colors and themes of the East to evoke a luxurious and exotic feel.
Object Name
cigarette box
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 9.1 cm x 7.2 cm x 1.9 cm; 3 9/16 in x 2 13/16 in x 3/4 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Virgil L. Johnson
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Work and Industry: Retail and Marketing
American Enterprise
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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I remember that in the ‘50s these contained a box-sized Turkish carpet - not woven of course but printed on a fabric. They were perfect for my Doll’s house! Anyone have or recall those?
When I was a child my Grandfather sent me to the store to buy Murads and the racing form. He gave me a nickel for going and usually I spent it on penny candy or a five cent Coke at the fountain. I am now 92 years old and I still remember it.
Thank you for sharing your memory.
What a cool story! I actually found a full pack of Murads from the 1920's at antique store in Chicago. Bought it for like $10. All 20 were in there. Sits in a case in my bureau in my livingroom.

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