This post is the result of two of my recent posts. One about my trip to an antique market and the availability of Hitler dolls and other weird stuff – I got a comment asking if there were any cigarette cards there. Another post about ‘noisome regulations’ started a conversation about smoking in restaurants here in DF. Or not, depending upon the application of the law. Legislation is produced as furiously here as anywhere, but obedience is generally seen as a voluntary, self regulated thing.
Enforcement by the police or other authority is patchy, and often dependent on the size of the proferred ‘mordida’. Aka ‘bribe’. The result can sometimes border on anarchy. But the ban on smoking in restaurants was, to my utter astonishment, almost completely obeyed. You can still smoke if the eatery or bar has a patio, or outside area. But inside – it’s a big no no. You can’t even smoke in malls…
Back to the cigarette cards though. I got to the market late this week, and most of the stalls were either gone or in the act of being packed into boxes and loaded into weary, battered old pick ups, vans and other near dead automobiles. But I did find the Camel stall still going strong, and it looked like amongst the collection of Camel memorabilia, there were some cig cards at the back. Of more interest to me were the postcards. I bought this one for the bargain price of 5 pesos, and if you want it, it’s yours. Just leave a comment below, and send me a mail using the Contact page to tell me where to send it to.
I’ve always liked the artwork produced by the cigarette companies, I have to admit. In the UK it’s a thing of the past, with legislation banning advertising and any other form of promotion. It’ll happen here too soon, I’m sure. But for the moment, cig art survives. I guess the tobacco companies have to try hard with their artwork and imaginitive promotion, considering what the product does to its users. Packaging death and disease to look cool and relaxing isn’t something that can be done on the cheap.
But anyway, if you want this card, and anyone at all from any country is welcome to it, just follow the instructions as detailed above. If it’s already gone, maybe the Toluca postcard is still available, or you can check out my Postcard page for any others that have been added since and remain ‘unclaimed’.