The Confusion Era:
Art and Culture of Japan During the Allied Occupation, 1945-1952

Designer unknown,
"Peace Cigarettes," 1950.
Offset print, 52.2 x 37.8 cm. Tobacco and Salt Museum, Tokyo

This Nihon Senbai Kosha (a government agency) poster advertising "Peace Cigarettes" carries its wishful request in both Japanese and English in what was surely a vain attempt at controlling this ubiquitous black market currency.


Caption in bottom left corner reads,
"Getting the Cigarette off the Black-Market let us put a light on the culture."










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