Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2005/05/28

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Subject: [Leica] Leica manufacture during WW2
From: SonC at (
Date: Sat May 28 15:55:14 2005

In a message dated 5/28/2005 5:33:08 P.M. Central Daylight Time, writes:

"A Leica  could be obtained in Germany for the equivalent of $20 in US 
cigarettes and  would sell in New York for $600. The delivery to the States 
via G.I. 
mail was  duty free."

How much was a pack of cigarettes at that time?  As  recent as 1970 I 
remember buying cartons of cigarettes for $2 each in  Indiana.

In 1958 the  price was 15 cents a pack at the Frankfurt  PX.   Retail in the 
states  was about 35 cents a pack  then.   
I read that after the war, the retail value in Germany "on the economy" of  
one American cigarette was forty cents, (remembering that those were the 
when a hundred dollar suit was a hundred dollar suit.) 
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