AMERICAN TOBACCO WELCOME SIGHT FOR UNCLE SAM'S BOYS
American Training Camp in France (JFK+50) One hundred years ago today, July 26, 1917, American soldiers in training here in France "rejoiced...over the arrival of tobacco from the United States."
It was reported that Sammies were displeased with the taste of French cigarettes, cigars and smoking tobacco and American tobacco products had been in short supply.
The Chicago Daily Tribune reported also that YMCA headquarters had been established near the U.S. Army base "to provide amusement for the men." The Red Cross had also sent "large supplies of baseball material" as well as movie projectors and film.
According to Nicholas K. Johnson...
"At the war's outbreak, pipe smoking was the most common form of smoking in the militaries of Europe (but)...as the war ground on, cigarettes increased in popularity."
"Ain't It A Glorious Feelin', Tobacco Reaches Troops" The Chicago Daily Tribune, July 27, 1917.
"World War I, Part 5: Tobacco in the Trenches," by Nicholas K. Johnson, June 27, 2014, Points: The Blog of the Alcohol and Drug History Society, www.pointsadhsblog.wordpress.com/
Photo by Alexisrael (2014)