City de Luxe Manufacture Dates

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swb118

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Jul 20, 2016
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I cannot find the approximate year that GBD stopped manufacture of the City de Luxe brand. Can anyone help?

 

papipeguy

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I have not been able to find anything about dates for the CdL's. I'm curious as well since I have a nice little Canadian and would like to know its approximate age.

 

jensen

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Apr 10, 2016
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I have a pricelist from the mid 60ties were City de Luxe should have been on the Danish market but I have never seen one here.
But in the late 80ties I bought 4 or 5 new old stock over in Sweden. Smooth twin bore ( Tuskan ) nd sandblasts.Very nice

pipes.

 

jguss

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Jul 7, 2013
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It’s almost always much tougher to estimate when production of anything ended than when it began. A product launch is accompanied by fanfare in the press and applications for trademarks. Dropping a product is a much more furtive and occasionally intermittent process.
For what it’s worth the City de Luxe appears in the 1969 RTDA almanac, and is gone by the 1974 edition (I don’t have access to the intervening years). This would suggest production (or at least availablity in America) stopped in the early 1970s. On the other hand Jacque Cole’s article in the July 1982 issue of Tobacco includes a brief mention which implies the City de Luxe was still being produced at that time, in both England and France. Other than that brief citation I haven’t seen anything referencing the line after the 1970s.

 

jensen

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By the way, I have cut out English ads from 1924 & 1927. City de Luxe price 5/6........101 shapes !!

 

swb118

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Would it be safe to say that manufacturing had ceased prior to Comoy's merged with GBD in the 80's?

 

jguss

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Honestly it would be just guessing. The Adler family remains in control of Oppenheimer and its related entities; you might shoot them an email and see what they say.