George Burns For Sir Walter Raleigh Pipe Tobacco


Whenever I picture George Burns I see him with a cigar in his hand. So I was surprised to see this mid-1970s commercials where George, who smokes cigars in the shower, pledge his love to Sir Walter Raleigh Pipe Tobacco.

We live in really different times nowadays. I can’t really think of a famous celebrity who still makes most of their appearances with a tobacco product in hand and I certainly never expect to see one talking about their switch in brand loyalty on national TV ever again.

I guess the closest I see nowadays in ads are the e-cigarette ones. I wonder how long those will be legal for, and when we are looking back at them, if they will look this quaint.


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