To better understand this article, please read the main article about military “free of tax” issue.
This rare and unopened pack of twenty Chesterfield cigarettes was manufactured by the Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company at factory number 25, District of Virginia. The factory information and caution notice are printed on the right 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. Also notice the grayish colored inner packaging paper which is peculiar to cigarette packs manufactured from 1942 until 1945.
Chesterfield was one of the most familiar brands among the G.I.’s.
The stamp of this Chesterfield cigarette pack is light blue in color and the design is based on a vertical layout. The text on the stamp is printed in dark blue and surrounded by a dark blue pattern of unknown shapes. The last two lines of the first part of this text are centered. The rest of the text is aligned to both the left and right margins by adding extra space between the words and letters when necessary. The full text is literally retyped below.
Liggett & Myers
U. S. A.
Free of Tax—
For use only
of U. S. mili-
tary or Naval
forces in Alaska
and Hawaii, or
for use outside
of the internal
revenue laws of
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 Camel 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.
This cigarette pack is in mint condition; the cellophane is still present and intact.