Reading a contribution from Kit Wells this morning and the mention of 'Guardsmen' for some reason reminded me of Guards cigarettes. I recall the packet design very well with the red and black logo and the guardsman printed on the red 'body underneath.
Come to think of it there were loads of cigarette brands around at the time and I, as a young lad used to collect the empty packets as a kind of hobby.
Does anyone recall their 'first time' with a ciggy and which brand they opted for. My first was when I was about fifteen and my mum smoked Players No.6. I recall pinching one from her packet and lighting up at the bottom of the backyard. I choked on the first draw and a few seconds later feeling incredibly 'high' ! That feeling soon wore off unfortunately and needless to say from that moment my mums as well as my brothers ciggies were not safe ! My first regular brand was Embassy (for the coupons) and then Rothmans when my then girlfriend smoked them and it just seemed easier to smoke the same brand. One girlfriend actually smoked Picadilly which was a real pain especially at night when trying to find a seller or machine of that noble brand.
It's amazing just how many different brands used to be available in the '60s & '70s only to have bitten the dust over the decades. Just thinking about it for a couple of seconds did make me wonder if anyone actually used brands like State Express, Craven A or Guards et al ?