To better understand this article, please read the main article about military “free of tax” issue.
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.
The stamp of this Camel cigarette pack is yellowish white in color and 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 last line, however, is centered. 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 second variant Camel cigarette pack is almost the same as the first variant. It only differs because the sentence “This product is admitted free of Duty.” is missing on this free of tax stamp. This sentence is often present on other free of tax stamps but there are some more exceptions which are listed below.
- Cigarette Pack, Chesterfield, with Blue Free of Tax Stamp
- Cigarette Pack, Camel, with Blue Free of Tax Stamp
This cigarette pack is in mint condition; the cellophane is still present and intact.