To better understand this article, please read the main article about military “free of tax” issue.
This unopened pack of twenty Zipper cigarettes was manufactured by the Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation, Louisville, Kentucky at factory number 36, District of Kentucky. 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.
Because cellophane was a critical material needed for the war effort, this cigarette pack has never had a cellophane outer wrapper. Also notice the brownish colored inner packaging paper which is peculiar to cigarette packs manufactured from 1942 until 1945. Though the cellophane outer wrapper is missing, this brownish colored inner packaging paper does not seem waxed or oil treated.
Zipper features an iconic racing car on the front of their cigarette packs.
The stamp of this Zipper 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 Zipper cigarette pack is exactly the same as the stamp of the Raleigh cigarette pack. Both brands were manufactured by the Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation. This stamp, however, is also stamped three times with the characters O-5. I have seen several other Zipper cigarette packs with O-5 being stamped on the free of tax stamp. Unfortunately it is unknown to me what the characters mean and why they were applied on the stamp so please leave a comment or send me a message through the contact page if you have more information.
This cigarette pack is in good condition.