Who is the sailor who appears on Player’s Navy Cut cigarette packets?

October 6, 2008 at 1:26 pm 3 comments

Armed with fifteen minutes, Google and a good question Area 4 History invstigates.

This week we investigate the question, “Who is the sailor who appears on Player’s Navy Cut cigarette packets?”

Thomas Huntley Wood of HMS Edinburgh during the celebrations for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897.




Well, Player’s Cigarettes were one of two main employers in the area. Their ‘Navy Cut’ cigarettes were very popular choice, becoming the number one UK brand for a number of years. The term ‘Navy Cut’ refers to how RN sailors (19th and 20th centuary to 1953)  would wind twine around rolls of tobacco leaves allowing them to mature under compression, and then slice off the end shredding the tobacco.

The ‘Hero’ sailor used as a trade mark for the brand was modeled on Thomas Huntley Wood, a crewmember of HMS Edinburgh. The logos were developed for an advertising campaign in 1891 and trademarked in 1893.



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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. britt  |  June 3, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    my grandpa created the sailor..we have the orginal drawings and everything.

  • 2. John Twomey  |  October 20, 2009 at 10:56 am

    i thought,the guy on the john players box caled,sean or john harte,and had joined the british navy but was from ireland,if you have any more info on him id love to hear about it,thanks

  • 3. Donna Larson  |  March 26, 2010 at 1:32 am

    I have a tin box that the PLayer’s cigarettes came in it has part of the excise tax stamp still on with a big 50 cigarettes printed across the center of the 50. Manufactured by Imperial Tobacco Co. of Canada Limited Montreal Canada
    successor to John Player & Sons. England on the front it also is printed Navy CVut cigarettes “mild” When was this medal box in use


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