We all know the dangers of smoking cigarettes these days, and we don’t condone it. However the 1950’s were a different time, where the advertising and cultural pressure to smoke were strong. This article, from a 1959 issue of Caper Magazine, shows a few examples of what psychoanalyst Dr. William Neutra hypothesized after observing the ways people chose to smoke.
1. Just a guess for this female mannerism: insecure, afraid to lose that cigarette. She probably holds on to her man like glue
2. Typical grasp of a female bored with her date. She has to concentrate on the tip to keep from yawning
3. Dr. Neutra claims this man is an intellectual, a very brainy type of guy, a contemplative character
4. This person is generally unreliable, weak, hard to live with, and inclined to excessive lying
6. A hail fellow, well-met character who enjoys high living. Sort of the Texas millionaire type