- Feb 7, 2019
Recently I acquired 5 unopened vintage 1&1/2 ounce tins of Prince Albert still filled with tobacco. I am interested in dating them. They are in good shape with a little tarnish on the top but very clean. The tobacco inside is quite dry but still smokes OK. Well-aged, you might say. The price sticker says it originally sold for $1.19 although I do not know where - probably a grocery or drug store. As you will see from the side of the tin it was manufactured by R. J. Reynolds which puts it before 1987 when John Middleton acquired the rights to PA. On the other side is a UPC barcode which puts it after the late 1970s to early 1980s. So my guess is that this tin dates from around 1985. Can anyone get me any closer?