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Old Gold Cigarettes
This unopened pack of twenty Old Gold cigarettes was manufactured by the P. Lorillard Company at factory number 8, 5th District, State of New Jersey. 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 brownish colored inner packaging paper which is peculiar to cigarette packs manufactured from 1942 until 1945.
This second variant Old Gold cigarette pack is almost the same as the first variant. It only differs because a patriotic message has been printed on the back of this cigarette pack. The purpose of this patriotic message was to bolster the morale at the home front.
The stamp of this Old Gold cigarette pack is brownish yellow in color and the design is based on a horizontal layout. The text on the stamp is printed in red, surrounded by a red square 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 prod-
uct is admitted free of duty.
This cigarette pack is in good condition; the cellophane is missing.