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May 10, 2022

Vintage Photos Show Inside the Camel Cigarette Factory of North Carolina in 1948

In 1913, Richard Joshua “R. J.” Reynolds, founder of the company that still bears his name, innovated the packaged cigarette. He worked to develop a more appealing flavor, creating the Camel cigarette, which he so named because it used Turkish tobacco in imitation of then-fashionable Egyptian cigarettes. Reynolds priced them below competitors, and within a year, he had sold 425 million packs.

Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the city where R. J. Reynolds was founded, is nicknamed “Camel City” because of the brand’s popularity.

These vintage photos from State Archives of North Carolina are scenes from the Camel cigarette factory, R. J. Reynolds, in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Women making and packing cigarettes on June 20, 1948. Published in The News & Observer newspaper on December 11, 1949.

For details about these photos and their historical context, please see Teresa Leonard’s ‘Past Times’ article in the N&O.


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