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Tophat Cigarettes Advertising Poster


Our Tophat Cigarettes Advertising Poster has an unusual and fascinating history. In 1945 and 1946 the American forces set up a series of camps to bring their troops home after the end of World War II. The camps, most of which were located in France, were named after a brand of American cigarette, a desirable and valuable commodity (Camp Lucky Stripe, Camp Pall Mall, Camp Chesterfield, etc.). Tophat, a virtual city comprised of thousands of black 20-man tents was set up on the outskirts of Antwerp, Belgium in close proximity to its world-class harbor. Unlike the French "cigarette camps" it was named for the unit that built it, which had a tophat as their unit symbol. However, a Belgian cigarette company manufactured Tophat Cigarettes so it became unintentionally a "cigarette camp" after all. The linen backed lithograph poster by an anonymous American artist measures approximately 13" x 22" It is in fine condition. (Stock number 003Tophat) $375.00

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