Cigarette Pack, Camel, with Blue Free of Tax Stamp

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Camel Cigarettes

This rare and unopened pack of twenty Camel cigarettes was manufactured by the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, Winston-Salem, North Carolina at factory number 4, District of North Carolina. The factory information and caution notice are printed on the left side of this pack.

Affixed across the top is an uncommon free of tax stamp which is still intact. The wording on the stamp contains a specific mention of the Territories of Alaska and Hawaii.

Because cellophane was a critical material needed for the war effort, this cigarette pack has never had a cellophane outer wrapper. Also notice the brownish colored inner packaging paper which is peculiar to cigarette packs manufactured from 1942 until 1945. Instead of the cellophane outer wrapper this brownish colored inner packaging paper is waxed or oil treated to prevent the cigarettes from drying out or becoming too humid.

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

Stamp Design

The stamp of this Camel cigarette pack is blue in color and the design is based on a horizontal layout. The text on the stamp is printed in black 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.

The stamp of this Camel cigarette pack is almost the same as the second variant. It only differs because this free of tax stamp is colored blue. A blue free of tax stamp on a WWII period cigarette pack is very uncommon. I have only seen one other cigarette pack with a blue free of tax stamp affixed across the top, namely a pack of Chesterfield cigarettes. Also notice that the sentence “This product is admitted free of duty.” is missing on the blue free of tax stamp of both cigarette packs. This sentence is often present on other free of tax stamps but there are some more exceptions which are listed below.

  1. Cigarette Pack, Camel, with Yellowish-White Free of Tax Stamp (Second Variant)


This cigarette pack is in mint condition.

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