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Small Early Colorful Fatima Turkish Blend Cigarettes Advertising Store Sign
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The pictures below show larger front and back views of this Small Early Colorful Fatima Turkish Blend Cigarettes Advertising Store Sign. The sign is not dated but it is believed to be from the 1800s or early 1900s. It is original and not a reproduction. This small sign was found holding an early photograph inside an antique frame for many years. It was shielded from any light and has no fading to the bright original colors. Note on the back side there are some marks on the side edges where the nails were in the frame. The sign features a colorful image of a Turkish woman with head jewelry, a head cover and a veil. It has a red cross and a red crescent moon with a star. It is marked on as follows:


The advertising store sign measures about 9-1/4'' x 11-3/4'' x 1/8''. The front or image side appears to be in near mint or mint condition. The back side has the tiny nail marks as mentioned above and as pictured.

Below here, for reference, is some additional information about Fatima Cigarettes:

Fatima (cigarettes)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Product type: Cigarette
Owner: Liggett Group
Produced by: Liggett Group
Country: United States
Introduced: 1870s
Discontinued: 1980s
Markets: United States

Fatima Cigarettes (pronounced fa-TEE-ma) was an American brand of cigarettes, owned and manufactured by the Liggett & Myers tobacco company. Fatima was launched in the 1870s, and was marketed as an exotic blend of Turkish tobaccos. It was one of the first brands to be made on a cigarette machine. The name Fatima, a common Turkish or Arabic woman’s name, helped bolster the Turkish image. In the early 1900s, manufacturers of Turkish and Egyptian cigarettes tripled their sales and became legitimate competitors to leading brands. Fatima cigarettes was one of many cigarettes developed at this time which received wide success. The pack art featured a veiled woman, the Turkish crescent moon with stars, and the iron cross, the symbol of the Ottoman empire. It was the best selling cigarette brand in the United States from 1910 to 1920. About 1911 it became the first cigarette brand to be sold in 20 unit packs (15 cents).

Two developments pushed Fatima to the sidelines toward the end of the decade. First, the Turkish fad fell victim to politics as the alliances of World War I made the East seem less mysterious than treacherous to Americans. Second, Camel cigarettes came on the market in 1913. N. W. Ayer & Son handled the introduction of Camel, which was a runaway success, and by 1925, Camel had won 40% of the market and R. J. Reynolds led the industry.

In the 1940s, with the introduction of newer flagship brand Chesterfield, Fatima became a king size brand and the cigarettes were 10 millimeters longer. Before 1950, the package design included a stylized image of a veiled Middle Eastern woman. Over time, the brand's old fashioned image caused it to lose market share from the mid 1950s onward L&M eventually phased it out by around 1980.

There was a Fatima print advertisement c. 1951 featuring Jack Webb of Dragnet. The redesigned package removed the veiled woman image. Many poster and billboard adverts were made to promote Fatima cigarettes, including a special Christmas ad. Some other advertisement products were also made, such as a flip book, but also various sets of cigarette cards. In 1910, a set of flags from various American Universities were released, and in 1913 a set of American baseball team cards were included in a pack of Fatima cigarettes. From 1917 to 1919, the Frank Seaman Agency created Fatima advertising aimed at an educated, prosperous consumer who read publications as Town and Country. Ads, tagged “Distinctively individual”, claimed that Fatima cigarettes were always appropriate after an elegant meal or a fashionable evening on the town, and they were available for 15¢ for a package of 20. Like its rivals, Liggett offered premiums to purchasers of Fatima, a strategy intended to attract smokers of all classes rather than just the sophisticates represented in its print ads. Advertising for Fatima was discontinued during the Great Depression. The cigarette received a modern makeover after World War II, becoming a King Size cigarette to compete with other popular brands of the era.

Sponsorship of Radio shows
In the late 1940s L&M converted the brand to a king sized version and began an extensive radio advertising campaign. Fatima was the sole sponsor of the early years of the Dragnet radio series. The creator and star of Dragnet, Jack Webb, voiced a number of on air pitches for the brand and appeared in print advertising as well.

There was also a short lived mystery anthology series called “Tales of Fatima”, hosted by Basil Rathbone. In “Tales of Fatima”, Rathbone portrayed himself in adventurous situations played for broad comedy, quite a departure for the actor from the stalwart Holmes. References to the sponsor, Fatima cigarettes, were embedded in the storylines, and Rathbone also delivered the commercials. In further tie ins, Rathbone also endorsed the product for a series of magazine ads.

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