To better understand this article, please read the main article about military “free of tax” issue.
Philip Morris Cigarettes
This unopened pack of twenty Philip Morris cigarettes was manufactured by the Philip Morris & Company, Limited, Incorporated, New York at factory number 24, District of Kentucky. The factory information and caution notice are printed on the left side of this pack.
Factory number 24 in Louisville, Kentucky was owned by the Axton-Fisher Tobacco Company until June 21, 1944 when the Philip Morris & Company purchased the Axton-Fisher Tobacco Company and took over production at its facilities. Therefore this cigarette pack must have been manufactured in 1944 or 1945.
Affixed across the top is 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.
Notice the “ESTABLISHED — OVER 90 YEARS” mention printed on the front of this cigarette pack. This mention was printed on Philip Morris cigarette packs manufactured from 1942 until 1952.
The Philip Morris cigarette brand was, according to wartime accounts, often considered an officer’s cigarette as stated in Klokner’s (2005, 166) book.
The stamp of this Philip Morris cigarette pack is 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 and letters 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 jurisdiction of
the internal revenue laws of
the United States. This product
is admitted free of duty.
This cigarette pack is in mint condition; the cellophane is still present and intact.