The manufacture of cigarette papers by Rizla can be traced back to 1660, when Philip Lacroix began production. The date of 1796, which appears on the advert below (from Penthouse magazine, 1978), would appear to be when Napoleon agreed to Rizla supplying rolling papers to his troops. From 1865, rice paper was used, rather than tissue, the branding now being Rizla +, riz being the french word for rice. The company remained in the Lacroix family until 1978, the year of this advert, and has continued to grow with the new owners.
Back in the 1960s, it was often my task to get my dad's smoking requirements from our local corner shop, this being 'half an ounce of Old Holborn and a packet of green'..........
About Vintage Stuff
The aim of Vintage Stuff is to display some of the ephemera that I have collected, often inadvertently, over the years. I am now deliberately seeking out interesting old adverts, screen shots, leaflets, obscure record covers, picture postcards and illustrations; anything that catches my eye, in fact. They will be mainly, but not exclusively of UK origin (so many vintage blogs appear to be American) and almost always a scan from something that I actually have in my collection, rather than off the net. If you do re-blog, please acknowledge the source. Further stuff, mainly photographs, can be found on my Flickr pages, via the Benny Hill record cover.