To better understand this article, please read the main article about military “free of tax” issue.
Lucky Strike Cigarettes
This unopened pack of twenty Lucky Strike cigarettes was manufactured by The American Tobacco Company, Incorporated at factory number 130, District of North Carolina. The factory information and caution notice are printed on the right 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 grayish colored inner packaging paper which is peculiar to cigarette packs manufactured from 1942 until 1945.
In 1942 Lucky Strike also contributed to the war effort by changing the color of their cigarette packs from dark green to white. The gold colored trim which was used on the borders, bottom and sides was also dropped. The full story can be read here.
Lucky Strike was one of the most familiar brands among the G.I.’s and according to some veterans the red “bullseye” logo of Lucky Strike cigarette packs had a useful purpose because it was a perfect size to fit over a TL-122 flashlight lens and provide dimmer illumination.
The stamp of this Lucky Strike cigarette pack is brownish yellow in color and the design is based on a horizontal layout. The text on the stamp is printed in dark red, surrounded by a dark red square and aligned to both the left and right margins by adding extra space between the words when necessary. The last line, however, is aligned to the left margin. 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 juris-
diction of the internal rev-
enue laws of the United
States. This product is ad-
mitted free of duty.
The stamp of this Lucky Strike cigarette pack is exactly the same as the stamp of the Pall Mall cigarette pack. Both brands were manufactured by The American Tobacco Company.
This cigarette pack is in mint condition; the cellophane is still present and intact.