Tobacco collectors get fired up with this fabulous WWII era carton of cigarettes. Named for Sir Walter Raleigh who is credited with popularizing the use of tobacco in England, the Raleigh brand was a top seller in the 20th Century. These “coffin nails” were manufactured by the Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp., which was part of a famous 1990s investigation in regards to enhancing the addictiveness of cigarettes.
Offered is a full 10-pack carton of Raleigh cigarettes, positively dated to 1945 by the fully intact “DeWitt Clinton Series 115” Revenue stamps affixed to the top of each unopened pack. The solid and well-formed carton is stained approximately 1-1/2” in from the left end and the two packs inside at left are also moderately stained, but otherwise both the carton and the packs report in truly impressive condition with bright surfaces and bold, full graphics/colors, resulting in truly magnificent display appeal.
Also present is a 4-3/4 x 8-1/4” window display decal that shows moderate wear including a vertical crease which is fairly unobtrusive. The colors and gloss remain strong and this rare advertising piece bears legible reverse side mounting instructions, printed at top with “Meyercord Decalcomania Duplex Window Signs”.