In March 1828, William Wright set up a small tobacco factory in Broadmarsh, Nottingham, England. This business expanded and provided William Wright with a comfortable fortune. This business was purchased by John Player in 1877. He built Tobacco Factories in Radford, Nottingham. One of John Player’s innovations was to offer pre-packaged tobacco. Prior to this, smokers would have purchased tobacco by weight from loose supplies and cigarette papers to roll them in. John Players launched the following cigarette brands with their distinctive logo of a smoking sailor in a ‘Navy Cut’ cap.
John Player Special