Cigarette Pack, Camel, with Yellowish-White Free of Tax Stamp (First Variant)

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Camel Cigarettes

This unopened pack of twenty Camel cigarettes was manufactured by the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, Winston-Salem, North Carolina at factory number 1, District of North Carolina. The factory information and caution notice are printed on the left side of this pack.

Affixed across the top is a free of tax stamp which is still intact. The wording on the stamp contains a specific mention of the Territories of Alaska and Hawaii. Also notice the brownish colored inner packaging paper which is peculiar to cigarette packs manufactured from 1942 until 1945.

Camel was one of the most familiar brands among the G.I.’s.

Stamp Design

The stamp of this first variant Camel cigarette pack is yellowish white in color with a brownish tint, however, the brownish tint is probably a result of discoloration caused due ageing. For comparison take a look at the second variant which has a similar type of free of tax stamp affixed across the top but which lacks this brownish tint.
The design is based on a horizontal layout. The text on the stamp is printed in red and aligned to both the left and right margins by adding extra space between the words when necessary. The full text is literally retyped below.

Free of Tax—For use only of
U.S. military or naval forces in
Alaska and Hawaii, or for use
outside the jurisdiction of the
Internal Revenue Laws of the
United States. This product
is admitted free of Duty.


This cigarette pack is in mint condition; the cellophane is still present and intact.

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