Boy-Scout Cigarettes

On sale early in the twentieth century. The story is that they were definitely NOT endorsed by the Boy Scouts. Eventually the Scouts got legislation passed making it illegal for companies to use their name.

Boys' Life - Aug 1917

Winfield Daily Free Press - Nov 7, 1917

     Posted By: Alex - Thu Aug 02, 2018
     Category: Smoking and Tobacco | 1910s

So, at one time the boy scouts had more juice than the n.r.a. and a.a.r.p. combined? How the mighty have fallen.
Posted by John on 08/02/18 at 01:17 PM
Trademark protection is a touchy subject and generates a lot of money for lawyers. However, if you are selling a quality product you have every right to take cheap, knock off manufacturers for everything they got through trademark dilution.

But, some people take it to extremes that make them look silly and vindictive. Look up the suit that Jimmy Buffett, a marginally talented musician at best, brought against a small burger shack located in Hawaii.
Posted by KDP on 08/02/18 at 03:24 PM
Never mind the Pedo Army... how, in this day and age, does a British Empire product involve Virginia tobacco? Didn't the Colonial Rebellion start in that state?
Posted by Richard Bos on 08/04/18 at 11:19 AM
The American Revolution started in Boston. The decisive final battle was in Virginia. Apparently, after that disagreement – and the War of 1812 – everybody decided to get back to commerce.
Posted by Virtual on 08/04/18 at 12:30 PM
Smoking has long been global. In the 1980s, I had cigs which were Virginia tobacco grown in France and manufactured in Germany by a Swiss company which only took payments through a London bank. (Virginia tobacco is not a particular strain -- it's any robust leaf cured over a slow fire.)
Posted by Phideaux on 08/04/18 at 03:38 PM
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