Story: Smoking

Smokers in 1955

Smokers in 1955

These newspaper photographs from 1955 suggest how universal smoking had become by that time. Whether it was a woman enjoying leisure time at the races or a man (in this case a police officer) working at his desk, tobacco was a common accompaniment.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Evening Post Collection (PAColl-0614)
Reference: EP/1955/0056-F (top); EP/1955/1990-F (bottom)

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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How to cite this page:

Jock Phillips, 'Smoking - Cigarettes rule: 1900–1960', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 March 2023)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 5 Sep 2013