Sunday, May 8, 2011

Parliament and Gerrard/Then and Now

The N/W corner of Parliament and Gerrard in the 1930's.
Winchester (Canadian version) were manufactured by Imperial Tobacco and discontinued in 1966.

A vintage commercial for the American version sung to the tune of Santana's "Evil Ways".


  1. Winchester cigarettes. Weren't they made in Montreal? I remember smoking them in my coffin nail days - I worked at Simspon's, and would buy them at the smoke counter in the basement - one of the few places that had them in the '80s. I'm sure I bought them because of the package.

  2. I've added some more info re: Winchester cigarettes.

  3. The commercial seems to suggest that Winchester was a brand of cigarillo by the '70s - not what I remember. I also smoked Buckinghams - mostly for the package, I shamefully admit. Another wonderfully retro brand that survived into the '80s.