Cigarette Pack, Raleigh, with Yellow Free of Tax Stamp

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Raleigh Cigarettes

This unopened pack of twenty Raleigh cigarettes was manufactured by the Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation, Louisville, Kentucky at factory number 35, District of Virginia. 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.

During WWII Raleigh printed a “Buy War Bonds and Stamps” advertisement on the back of their cigarette packs. This advertisement, in the form of a stamp, had to encourage people to invest in War Bonds and Stamps in order to help fund the war.

Stamp Design

The stamp of this Raleigh 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 when necessary. The first line, however, is aligned to the right margin and the last line 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 pro-

duct is admitted free of duty.

The stamp of this Raleigh cigarette pack is exactly the same as the stamp of the Zipper cigarette pack. Both brands were manufactured by the Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation.


This cigarette pack is in very good condition; the cellophane is still present and intact.

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