Up in smoke

Well before we understood the health perils associated with it, smoking was a common pastime. And well before we had blank packaging, the design and packaging of cigarette cartons, holders and matchboxes was a key part of the appeal. Whether personalised, home-made or mass-produced, the design of each item tells a story about the consumer....
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Wooden cigarette case thought to have been made by Prisoner of War William Milner Smith, 1944. Engaging in craft was a common way for PoWs to pass the time. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

Wooden cigarette case thought to have been made by Prisoner of War William Milner Smith, 1944. Engaging in craft was a common way for PoWs to pass the time. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

German cigarette case, World War Two era. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

German cigarette case, World War Two era. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

Royal Flying Corps matchbox holder, World War One era. This metal holder is decorated with the RFC badge with wreath and King's Crown, and RFC pilot's wings. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

Royal Flying Corps matchbox holder, World War One era. This metal holder is decorated with the RFC badge with wreath and King's Crown, and RFC pilot's wings. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

Chrome plated, cigarette case with flip lid.  Belonged to Flight Lieutenant Stanley Bruce de Vere.  From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

Chrome plated, cigarette case with flip lid. Belonged to Flight Lieutenant Stanley Bruce de Vere. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

Comoys Grand Slam Tobacco pipe, accessories and leaflet with instructions on perfect smoking. Belonged to Flight Lieutenant Stanley Bruce de Vere. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

Comoys Grand Slam Tobacco pipe, accessories and leaflet with instructions on perfect smoking. Belonged to Flight Lieutenant Stanley Bruce de Vere. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

Comoys Grand Slam Tobacco pipe box. Belonged to Flight Lieutenant Stanley Bruce de Vere. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

Comoys Grand Slam Tobacco pipe box. Belonged to Flight Lieutenant Stanley Bruce de Vere. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

Smoking pipe belonged to Flight Lieutenant Stanley Bruce de Vere. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

Smoking pipe belonged to Flight Lieutenant Stanley Bruce de Vere. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

“The Everyman Pipe” belonged to Flight Lieutenant Stanley Bruce de Vere. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

“The Everyman Pipe” belonged to Flight Lieutenant Stanley Bruce de Vere. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

Ashtray originally from RNZAF Wigram Base, Christchurch. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

Ashtray originally from RNZAF Wigram Base, Christchurch. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

Back of Lion Match Company Incorporated matchbox featuring an advertisement for the bridges and tunnels crossing the Hudson River and the slogan "Save time for fun!" World War Two era. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

Back of Lion Match Company Incorporated matchbox featuring an advertisement for the bridges and tunnels crossing the Hudson River and the slogan "Save time for fun!" World War Two era. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

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