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Theater made cigarette case w/ original shipping package and papers


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Picked this set up for very cheap. It looks to be a theater made cigarette case with a set of bring back "papers" and the original material it was shipped home in. The set also came with the GI's chevrons and a customs tag from when he came home in November 1945.

Based on the information written on the cigarette case ( N. Africa 9-26-43), and the APO being listed on the package, this likely came through Algiers. The vet was a member of the 36th General Hospital that served in the MTO. I was able to find a bit of extra information on the vet, saying he went on to work as a pharmacist the rest of his life, retiring in 2005 after 55 years.


The set also comes with some papers declaring the item is a "bonafide gift" and qualifies for free shipping to the United States. This was likely before there were really official papers for such things.

Very interesting set overall!












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I like the paper trail on this. Very cool. The GI's did not have a lot too spend there money on as far as souvieners go. The locals were making and selling anything to make a buck. Most likley made from leather scraps. I like it! Great post.

Pvt. James H. Honey 1st Md. Eastern shore Vol. Inf. Co. D (union) Gettysburg
Pvt. George Eddie Lear 26th Inf. Co.H 1st Div .(WW1) P.H. WIA Cpl. Richard Elsea 268th C.A. Bn. Battery A. WW2 SSgt. Grant Elsea 314th Inf. Hq.Co. I.R.79thDiv. WW2
Cpl. Harry Lawrence Butler Jr 23rd Regt. WIA Korea Lt. George Olin Tilghman 111th MG. 29th Div. WW1 DIS France 1919

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Looking at the shipping envelope - with the contents listed on the outside - makes one wonder how much got stolen enroute back home because the description was too enticing?

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