“Pirate” Cigarettes WD and HO Wills Bristol and London Tobacco Sticker (TL47)

I’ve got both the back and front of this packet of cigarettes, so if you seek the entire story you’ll need to look up the other sticker.  The tail end of the story is that this British company was incredibly successful marketing their cigarettes in China, but, as the Chinese did not read English in the early 1900’s, the brand was not called “pirate” locally there.  Instead people ordered LaoDao Pai, meaning “old knife” brand.  Eventually the Chinese learnt what pirates were and decided that pirates are not such nice people after all, and started to move away from this brand in protest of the less romantic pirate history.  In London Wills Bristol company nimbly renamed its product LaoDao Pai in China, exploiting the local nickname perfectly and held onto the cigarette market there.  I LOVE this box; I found it in Zanzibar, so this particular box of cigarettes traveled all the way from the UK to the African coast in someone’s pocket.

The image you see is exactly what we use to produce your bespoke sticker.  All stickers are custom made.  (We include 1 free GypsyFaith sticker per order.)

All GypsyFaith die-cut vinyl stickers are printed on glossy, premium, extra thick vinyl.  We then seal the image in clear laminate so that it will be particularly resistant to fading or tearing.  We will only sell the absolute top end of any particular product on our site.  Our intention, as we developed this product, was to make it as durable and valuable as our magnet products.

Images used to make our stickers are scanned at 9600dpi resolution, reduced to 960dpi for production.

SIZE:  This sticker is exactly 3.844 x 3.753 inches OR 9.763 x 9.533 cm.

It ships in a photo-type mailer to prevent bending.

*We require a minimum purchase of $10 for sticker orders.  We ship First Class US Mail for our customers domestic and international; for domestic orders the ship time is approximately 7 days.  We do not expedite shipping.  Cost for shipping, as well as tax, is calculated at checkout.



1.8 oz


6 × .1 × 6 in