Cigarettes still in the packaging
16 September 2019
The driving force behind the Stichting Rokersbelangen (Foundation pro-Smokers), Ton Wurtz, who fought for the rights of smokers for years, recently decided to donate his collection of cigarette packs to our museum, an exceptionally sympathetic gesture. The more than 150 still closed and sealed cigarette packs that Wurtz collected in course of two decades provide a wonderful overview of designs over these years. Different times and different countries are represented in the collection, including China and Russia. They are good proof of the care that was given to the packaging before the so-called dirty pictures finally messed up the design. These packages complement our documentation of tobacco packaging nicely with material from more recent times.