WINSTON AD, Williamsburg

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Winston cigarettes were introduced by R.J. Reynolds in 1954 and at times, the brand has been the best-selling cigarette in the USA.

Before 1971, when cigarette ads were banned on radio and TV, it was a staple of network advertising with its slogan, “Winston tastes good like a cigarette should.” One of its last TV ad campaigns dealt with the problematic syntax, and used the old slogan, plus a new one: “What do you want, good grammar or good taste?”

This faded metal Winston sign can be found at an abandoned deli at Bedford and Division Avenues in the Willieburg.


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4 Responses to WINSTON AD, Williamsburg

  1. Bay Ridge Guido says:

    Also – “It’s what’s up front that counts”.

  2. John Dereszewski says:

    I think it was also Kent that featured an ad saying that “Eight out of ten doctors endorse Kent”

  3. Kevin Wong says:

    Prior to 1970, without the U.S. Surgeon General warning. Almost certainly from very early in the history of the Winston brand (based on the pack design), 1954-57.

  4. Peter Creedon says:

    “Winston. Tastes good, like a cigarette should!”

    They were advertised on The Flintstones in ’61 I believe.

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