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  • Admiral Cigarette

Other Title

  • We all smoke


  • In front of a large backdrop with the words "Admiral Cigarette" are four people in costume: Uncle Sam, a clergyman, an Indian, and a businessman. To their left is a very large Admiral Cigarette box, that breaks apart to reveals a girl, attired in a striking costume, smoking a cigarette. She goes to the men and hands each a cigarette. As she moves back towards her box, scattering cigarettes as she walks, the men unfold a banner that says "We all smoke".


  • Heise, William, camera
  • Thomas A. Edison, Inc
  • Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
  • Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • [United States : Edison Manufacturing Co., 1897]


  • -  Advertising--Cigarettes--United States
  • -  National Cigarette & Tobacco Co
  • -  Tobacco use--United States
  • -  Smoking


  • Promotional films
  • Silent films
  • Short films
  • Nonfiction films


  • -  44332 U.S. Copyright Office
  • -  Copyright: Thos. A. Edison; 5Aug1897; 44332.
  • -  Variant title from the Cigarette Pack Collectors Association WWW site.
  • -  Camera, William Heise.
  • -  Duration: 0:25 at 30 fps.
  • -  Photographed in July, 1897 in the Black Maria studio, West Orange, New Jersey.
  • -  This film is an advertisement for Admiral Cigarettes, made by the National Cigarette & Tobacco Co.
  • -  Paper print shelf number (LC 1353) was changed when the paper prints were re-housed.
  • -  Additional holdings for this title may be available. Contact reference librarian.
  • -  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
  • -  Sources used: Niver, K. Early motion pictures, p. 3; Edison motion pictures, 1890-1900, p. 315; Cigarette Pack Collectors Association WWW site, viewed October 16, 2015 ("National Cigarette & Tobacco Co." page; "We all smoke" page).
  • -  Early motion pictures : the Paper Print Collection in the Library of Congress / by Kemp R. Niver. Library of Congress. 1985.


  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (25 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 60 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (25 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 60 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
  • master pos pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 25 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • paper pos 1 roll of 1 (ca. 50 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • FLA 4367 (viewing print)
  • FEC 2318 (viewing print)
  • FRA 1506 (dupe neg pic)
  • FPE 7980 (dupe neg pic)
  • FRB 0489 (master pos pic)
  • Box 0163B (paper pos)


  • Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D. C. 20540 USA dcu

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 00694141

Online Format

  • video
  • image

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Chicago citation style:

Heise, William, Camera, Inc Thomas A. Edison, Paper Print Collection, and Niver. Admiral Cigarette. [United States: Edison Manufacturing Co, 1897] Video.

APA citation style:

Heise, W., Thomas A. Edison, I., Paper Print Collection & Niver. (1897) Admiral Cigarette. [United States: Edison Manufacturing Co] [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Heise, William, Camera, et al. Admiral Cigarette. [United States: Edison Manufacturing Co, 1897] Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.