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Letter - Pangborn to Hartle

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Thomas W. Pangborn
Hagerstown, Maryland

November 24th 1942

Major General Hartle,
Commander of A. E. F.,

My dear General:

We, your friends and neighbors back on the home front, are doing everything in our power to see that you and your troops are abundantly supplied with equipment and ammunition with which to successfully pursue this war.

It might interest you to know that our plant is working three shifts daily. Our payroll contains three times the number of names it did prior to Pearl Harbor and our Service Flag, although we are a 100% war industry, now proudly flaunts one hundred and two stars.

Pangborn men and management, because of a spontaneous desire to do something for our fighting forces above the line of our plain duty in manufacturing equipment, have raised a fund with which to purchase cigarettes to be sent to men in foreign service. These cigarettes are being distributed to both the Atlantic and Pacific fighting forces.

I am pleased to inform you that the Corporation is sending direct from the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company to England two thousand packs of cigarettes in your personal care. It is our sincere hope that you will see that these cigarettes are distributed to your troops in any way you see fit.

To send this small token of our esteem and appreciation for the splendid work you are doing gives me a great deal of happiness. I hope it will bring to you a kindly assurance that your friends back home often bear you in mind and are constantly praying for your finishing of this terrible war in the quickest possible time, by God's Grace.

Heartily and cordially yours,


Thomas W. Pangborn


Thomas W. Pangborn

Washington County Free Library

Thomas Pangborn was a leading Hagerstown citizen and served as president and chief executive officer of Pangborn Corp.

During World War II, soldiers were issued with free cigarettes, courtesy of the tobacco companies; with millions of nicotine-addicted G.I.s returning home after the war, the still largely unregulated tobacco industry aggressively promoted cigarettes throughout the 1950s. Companies sought to distinguish their brands with popular slogans like "Winston tastes good like a cigarette should," "Light up a Lucky," and "For more pure pleasure, have a Camel!" - A brief history of cigarette advertising, Times Magazine, June 15, 2009


Collection Location:
Western Maryland Room, Washington County Free Library

United States. Army, Biography; World War, 1939-1945, United States; Hartle, Russell P.

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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