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    Immediate attention needed -- Vintage Condor Flake

    Not much traffic in this sub forum so I doubt I'll get the help I need in time but here goes anyway.

    I'm bidding on an ancient-looking, although in wonderful condition, packet of Condor Flake and the auction ends at 5:42 p.m. today. I'm a little concerned because I've never seen Condor proceeded by the word "Flake" before. Extensive research has turned up the following forms/names of Condor over the years: Sliced, Pigtail, Twist, Brown Pressed Twist, Bar, Plug, Long Cut, Ready Rubbed, and I think I even remember seeing a really old example of Rubbed Out. But never "Flake". Not once. Not in regular text searches, not in image searches... nowhere, except this one example. I messaged the seller but haven't gotten an answer yet. Can anyone shed some light on this? I'm not really worried about it being a fake or anything like that, but any insight would be helpful.

    As a bonus, this particular item is listed as unopened, contents included. While that is exciting, I don't hold out any hope whatsoever that the tobacco inside will have any life left as the packaging is the old paper/thin cardboard box style, maybe with a layer of wax paper on the inside, but certainly no seal provided.

    Here is the link for those interested or curious.

    Some pics:

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    I've not seen one like that either. At eight pence an ounce that's old...VERY old! Good luck in the auction.
    St. Bruno simply satisfies!

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    I don't think it's fake Jason, never seen it before myself but to me it just looks right, compare the similarities.

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    Here's a later packet version I had, I think from the early 70s. It's printed 'long cut'. I'd hazard a guess the one you're bidding on is from the 40s.

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    St. Bruno simply satisfies!

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    Quote Originally Posted by allyby View Post
    I don't think it's fake Jason, never seen it before myself but to me it just looks right, compare the similarities.

    condor.jpg
    Good catch. I agree. Plus, of all the things to fake/counterfeit, a packet of dirt cheap pipe tobacco simply doesn't make sense.

    Quote Originally Posted by Simon G View Post
    I've not seen one like that either. At eight pence an ounce that's old...VERY old! Good luck in the auction.
    Quote Originally Posted by Simon G View Post
    Here's a later packet version I had, I think from the early 70s. It's printed 'long cut'. I'd hazard a guess the one you're bidding on is from the 40s.

    image.jpg
    Good call, guys. I just found a relevant post in a thread about aged Condor from another forum. The venerable and confirmed Condor aficionado Condorlover1 mentioned having smoked some very old Condor Flake from the 1940s. Interestingly he said that it tasted much like the modern stuff. There's no way I'll be as lucky, though, as a sealed and preserved tin is a much different proposition than the paper box/wrapper on this specimen.

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    Happy days! I won it and at a very reasonable price, especially considering its age and condition. Pics and all the good stuff when it arrives. I appreciate the feedback on this one, gentlemen.

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    Well done. I for one look forward to seeing how it looks and smokes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KarlMaldensNose View Post
    Happy days! I won it and at a very reasonable price, especially considering its age and condition. Pics and all the good stuff when it arrives. I appreciate the feedback on this one, gentlemen.

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    Jolly smoggy.

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    Good stuff!

    I have never seen one like that either, saying FLAKE instead of sliced,
    it's very neat and only reinforces my mentality that we'll never know everything and it's a shame that such stuff is lost in the disparate winds...

    ...thanks for sharing the images and info!

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