Last modified: Saturday, January 6, 2001 6:20 PM



Cigarettes: Smoking seems to have been a common ritual of servicemen during WWII, so I've attempted to recreate a WWII style pack of smokes ("Green Luckies"-- thanks to Full-bore) based on the single view pic from Camp Mabry's historical collection. I adapted Jun Matsui's work (since a WWII pack wouldn't have a UPC), based on what I could see in the Mabry pic. Some of it is probably wrong, but what the heck-- I'll correct it as I learn more. This 56kb pic is 300 dpi and designed for printing on an Alps MD5000 (but should work on other printers), which prints the gray RGB value of 189, 193, 197 as silver foil.


According to CaptCBoard via the Sandbox, "...Lucky Greens would only have been seen in the beginning of the war. After the first year, they went to white, claiming the OD ink they used was needed for the war effort. Personally, I like the look of the green pack. Another interesting fact is that the foil used in cigarette packages then was actually lead. It was sandwiched to a sheet of wax paper..."

I was initially unsure of this point, but I've learned from Mark Bryan that they didn't have filters --but they look more interesting with 'em (and I wanted to play with matching the paint color). The celophane wrapping on the upper pack not only keeps the Evergreen styrene tubing fresh, but also protects the print from wear and scuffing.


Submitted by David Williams

04/10/00 Note: This might be confusing because I wrote the original text below based on the first submission of the white pack graphics, mentioned that I needed to revise the green pack graphics, and then received the revised white and green pack graphics from David.

While I'm figuring out how I'm going to resolve this non-linear editing nightmare, here's a scaled Topographical map (170kb) that David made and uses for his German troops...

Whew... Ask and ye shall receive: I also got a green pack revision from Kyle, which you can see here (108kb). Many thanks, Kyle!


04/07/00 (original text)-- Wow! Rather than rephrasing it, here's the scoop in David's own words:

"...G'day I regularly come to look around your site from time to time, during one of my visits I was having a read of your Dirty Dave article and was intrigued by your WWII Lucky strike rendition, so much so I decided to have a go myself.

After doing a search on lucky strike and after weeding out all the Grand Prix (both F1 and Motorcycle) and the Anti smoking stuff, I found two sites that had some good reference shots and info about the 1940's style packets so I thought you might be interested as you seemed to lack a good resource.

Here are the URLs:

http://www.antiqueadvertising.com/history.html - A brief history of Lucky Strike products.

http://www.the-forum.com/ephemera/label/cigpack2.htm - Scans of actual packets from the late 1940's to the 1950's these are in fact export only versions.

According the first site it appears that the green packets where dropped due to the demand for green pigment in 1942 for the war effort and the colour of the pack changed to white . Hence the phrase, "Lucky Strike green has gone to war").

With this in mind I have made two packets one for 1942 and one for 1944 using the above two sites as a reference, I hope you like em and find the sites of some use.

David Williams, Australia."

Since I did the initial Green Luckies rendition, I'd been back to the Camp Mabry museum and noticed the script writing on the side of the pack, but couldn't make out what it said behind the glass. So I never got around to fixing the image. I mentioned to David that the 1942 pack probably just needed to be recoloured :^) to create a more accurate greenie version, so he sent me this. It should be a fairly simple mod which I'll tackle and post later (I'm in the middle of bodyworx at the moment :^).

I can't thank David enough for his great contribution!!! The article subtitle is his too, but I "Texanized" it. (I never did ask him, but I wonder if everyone in Australia wrestles crocs and throws Barbie onto shrimps? Here in Texas we all wear cowboy hats and gun people down with our six-shooters for looking at us the wrong way.)

Note to children: Don't smoke. According to research at the Institute of Revisionist History, everyone who died in World War II was killed by lung cancer, either from smoking or from inhaling second-hand smoke.