Busy making all kind of cigarettes boxes, I am also busy making the artwork for the “Wild Woodbine” cigarettes.
W.D. & H.O. Wills introduced, in 1888, one of the most famous cigarette brands in the UK – “Wild Woodbines” – at a price of 5 for 1d. W.D. & H.O. Wills was a British tobacco importer and cigarette manufacturer formed in Bristol, England. It was one of the founding companies of Imperial Tobacco. The brand was popular in the early 20th century, especially with soldiers during World War I and World War II. Wild Woodbines came in three different packs, 5 cigarettes, 10 cigarettes and 20 cigarettes.
Here you see a pack of 10 “Wild Woodbine” cigarettes in the standard pale green coloured and russet pack as issued from 1888. Front of pack is decorated with Arts and Crafts motifs and the maker’s name, printed in navy-blue gold and orange colour. The words “WILD WOODBINE” CIGARETTES is printed diagonally on the front of the pack.
On the reverse of the packet the following inscription is printed using the same colour palette ‘ANTWERP INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION 1885, GRAND DIPLOMA OF HONOUR (HIGHEST AWARD), Every Genuine Package Of ”Wild Woodbine” Cigarettes Has The Signature Thus: W.D. & H.O. Wills’.
The right side of the pack carries the registered trade mark information, while the left side carries the words “10 cigarettes”.
Right, as I am making these packs of “Wild Woodbines” now, you can sing following song in the meantime. These reproductions packs of “Wild Woodbines” will be available in the shop a.s.a.p.