This Chesterfield advertisement has hung on the wall of every home I've lived in. It's been woven into the fabric of my domestic life like a favorite cushion or set of dishes that's always been there.
The poster is more than just a cool vintage collectible and has a unique significance for me. The handsome model is my father. This particular ad appeared on page 66 of LifeMagazine on June 29, 1942 when he was just 25. He posed for other Chesterfield ads that year which appeared in Popular Mechanics, Colliers and Good Housekeeping as well as billboards alongside the road.
Today is my father's birthday and he would have been 93.
Liz Fulcher, The Fragrant Muse