Cigarette Pack, Donated, Lucky Strike, with Red Cross Stamp

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Lucky Strike Cigarettes

This rare and unopened pack of twenty Lucky Strike cigarettes was manufactured by The American Tobacco Company, Incorporated at factory number 30, District of North Carolina. The factory information and caution notice are printed on the right 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 grayish colored inner packaging paper which is peculiar to cigarette packs manufactured from 1942 until 1945.

In 1942 Lucky Strike also contributed to the war effort by changing the color of their cigarette packs from dark green to white. The gold colored trim which was used on the borders, bottom and sides was also dropped. The full story can be read here.

Lucky Strike was one of the most familiar brands among the G.I.’s and according to some veterans the red “bullseye” logo of Lucky Strike cigarette packs had a useful purpose because it was a perfect size to fit over a TL-122 flashlight lens and provide dimmer illumination.

Stamp Design

The stamp of this Lucky Strike cigarette pack is light brown in color and the design is based on a horizontal layout. The text on the stamp is centered and printed in black and dark blue. The full text is literally retyped below.

Compliments of
The American Red Cross
For Use of U. S. Government
Permit No.MT T-83-    53069

   C-30-N. C.     OCT   7   42

According to the Division of the Federal Register (1949), cigarettes which were purchased for the use of the United States (like this Red Cross cigarette pack), could be withdrawn directly from a factory, free of tax. When the application for this withdrawing was approved, a permit for the withdrawal was issued to the manufacturer. Then the manufacturer was required to affix a stamp to each withdrawn cigarette pack on which the sentence “For use of U. S. Government” was printed, together with the permit number and the date thereof. In this case permit number 53069 of 7 October 1942; making this an example of a very early (and rare) WWII period cigarette pack. The number and date were applied on the stamp in a dark blue font. The factory number (no. 30) and corresponding state (North Carolina) are also printed on this stamp, in the lower left corner: “C-30-N. C”. It is unknown to me where the first C stands for.

I have also seen a white Lucky Strike cigarette pack, manufactured as well at factory number 30, District of North Carolina, which has a similar type of Red Cross stamp affixed across the top. Unfortunately this cigarette pack is not in my collection and I only have the picture below. The permit number on this stamp is no. 53658 of 14 November 1942.
White Lucky Strike cigarette pack with Red Cross stamp


This cigarette pack is in good condition; the cellophane is missing.

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