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This rare and unopened pack of twenty Camel cigarettes was manufactured by the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, Winston-Salem, North Carolina at factory number 4, District of North Carolina. The factory information and caution notice are printed on the left side of this pack.
Affixed across the top is a Red Cross stamp which is still intact. This type of stamp indicates cigarettes which were distributed by the American Red Cross. Notice the brownish colored inner packaging paper which is peculiar to cigarette packs manufactured from 1942 until 1945.
Camel was one of the most familiar brands among the G.I.’s.
The stamp of this Camel cigarette pack is yellowish white in color with a brownish tint, however, the brownish tint is probably a result of discoloration caused due ageing. The cellophane outer wrapper also shows some discoloration and is not completely clear anymore, making the stamp appear brown as well.
The design is based on a horizontal layout. The text on the stamp is centered and printed in dark blue/black. The full text is literally retyped below.
FREE OF TAX
USE OF U. S.
Gift of American Red
Cross, Not to be Sold
This cigarette pack is in good condition; the cellophane is still present and intact.