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Old 04-10-2019, 01:46 PM   #1
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Hi all,

I recently acquired what I understand to be some WW2 Japanese cigarette packets along with a label which I believe comes from a beer bottle? These came home from the Pacific with a marine who served on one of the islands but sadly I don't know more than that.

If anyone could shed any light on these items regarding possible brands or manufacture period, I'd be very grateful.

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Old 04-10-2019, 01:59 PM   #3
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Hi Guy,

Oops, my apologies. It was more to do with keeping the title short than anything else!

I'll get back to struggling to resize the photos with my appalling IT skills...

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I think I have now managed to edit the title.

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1.
金鵄
Kinshi [also in hiragana: きんし]
Golden Kite

拾本入 定價拾銭
Jupon Iri Teika Ju Sen
10 [cigarettes] Inside -- Established Price 10 sen

専賣局
Senbai Kyoku
Monopoly Bureau
All references on internet lead to Taiwan [colony of Japan]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monopoly_Bureau


2.

Hikari
Sunlight

専賣局
Monopoly Bureau


3.
陸海軍 専用品
Army & Navy ・ Special Item

滋強飲料
Jikyō Inryō
Tonic Drink

カルピス
Karupisu

Calpis
https://www.calpis.co.jp/
[Calpico in the US -- who wants to drink Cow Piss !!]

カルピス製造株式会社
Karupisu Seizō Kabushigaisha
Calpis Manufacturing Co., Ltd.

Calpis: A non-carbonated soft drink
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Old 04-10-2019, 03:56 PM   #6
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Guy,

What a fantastic response. I hadn't expected anything half so detailed. Thanks so much for taking the time to add this info.

The bottle label is an interesting item. I wonder whether these were specific military issue or whether this was just a marketing gimmick on the part of the manufacturer. The star over the anchor looks fairly 'official'.

It seems that all WW2 period Japanese cigarettes bear the three monopoly bureau chracters (専賣局) and the roundel at the bottom. I have searched the web and found a variety of different designs of cigarette packet which all seem to have these markings. Even the one with the crossed Japanese flags - which I suppose to be army issue - bears these marks.

I believe that these labels were collected from the battlefield in the period immediately after the war which perhaps explains their rather battered condition. I imagine that, as with any post conflict area, there would be a lot of detritus hanging around to be picked up by souvenir hunters.

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Excellent Guy - thank you!

That fills in a couple of blanks for me too!

Thanks for posting Simon.

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The calpis label would have been on a single serve bottle. I had a bottle with label intact taken from a cave on Peleliu in the 50's or 60's.
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Many thanks for the photo of the bottle. That's a cracking find.

I have some other Japanese battlefield found items I'll have to try to post photos of.
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As promised, I have photographed some of the more interesting Japanese battlefield found items I have. These toothbrushes were recovered from caves on Okinawa by Marines stationed there in the post war years. I also have some plain plastic tunic buttons from the same caves.

One bears the mark of the Japanese Navy (or SNLF perhaps) and the other has some Japanese script.









As always, I'd be interested to know what it might say but hope these items prove of interest to collectors either way. I was always struck that a seemingly mundane item like a toothbrush should bear the IJN anchor symbol, but I suppose the Wehrmacht did the same with cutlery...

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Brown toothbrush:
軍用大阪工業組合
Gun'yō Ōsaka Kōgyō Kumiai
For Military Use -- Osaka Industrial Union


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Many thanks indeed for the translation, Guy. The reference to 'military use' certainly ties in with the find location.

I went to Okinawa a few years back. Sadly, I couldn't find someone to take me to the caves but managed to get to the naval bunker and the Peace Museum. I loved the exhibit they had of a Japanese soldier's canteen that you could handle. It had been found on the battlefield and you could still hear the original water inside that the Japanese soldier had put in there in 1945. Quite amazing.

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