Tobacco

#1
Why was Player's Navy Cut so called? What was 'Navy Cut' tobacco?

I've put this in Lil's for the obvious reasons, but I'd like to know the real answer too!
 

Blackrat

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#2
The phrase "Navy Cut" is according to Player's adverts to originate from the habit of sailors taking a mixture of tobacco leaves and binding them with string or twine. The tobacco would then mature under pressure and the sailor could then dispense the tobacco by slicing off a "cut".
 

sgtpepperband

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#4
Apparently, Players originally blended the product for sale to the RN as "Navy Cunt" but, owing to a typo by their Marketing Department, it was released in error, thus saving the company considerable embarrassment.

These days, however, "Navy Cunt" means something entirely different...

 
#14
Back on thread............

Ticklers - Shredded or cut tobacco - also known as 'pusser's leaf' - issued to the old Navy in half-pound tins at duty free prices.
The scale of issue was one pound per person per month, as cigarettes or pipe tobacco. When you went foreign, the issue was doubled.
Cigarettes which were self rolled from this source also became known as 'ticklers'. The actual origin of the term is most interesting,
because around 1904 jam preserves became official issue, and one of the main suppliers were Messrs. Ticklers. A new class of rating joining
for only twelve years service was also created about this time; these men much preferred the shredded baccy to the tough periques of
pipe tobacco smoked (or chewed) by the old salts, and they were themselves immediately and rather disdainfully labelled as Ticklers.
The shredded tobacco could also be made up into 'tailor-mades', by a contractor with a cigarette making machine mounted on the back
of his truck which came around the larger shore establishments. These cigarettes would incorporate the ship's crest in the paper,
obviously the antecedents of 'blue liners'. Note also the term 'Jack-me-tickler' - a sailor who knows all the answers.




Source.........Jackspeak by Rick Jolly
 
#15
I thang you Flags!

When I joined up I was a vociferous non smoker, declining my fag stamps, despite being asked 'if I was sure?' I soon realised my mistake and that I WAS actually a smoker ;) and took my stamps until either they stopped or I came outside.

One of those blue badge Jennies is my ex-missus!
 
#16
I thang you Flags!

When I joined up I was a vociferous non smoker, declining my fag stamps, despite being asked 'if I was sure?' I soon realised my mistake and that I WAS actually a smoker ;) and took my stamps until either they stopped or I came outside.

One of those blue badge Jennies is my ex-missus!
Which one?


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#18
I thang you Flags!

When I joined up I was a vociferous non smoker, declining my fag stamps, despite being asked 'if I was sure?' I soon realised my mistake and that I WAS actually a smoker ;) and took my stamps until either they stopped or I came outside.

One of those blue badge Jennies is my ex-missus!
Since my last heart attack....I am also a non smoker....and have been since then......:scratch:
 
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#20
I was a smoker in the early days, well that's what the Pussers though! My grandad had a steady supply of blue liners :)

Never even tried a smoke :)


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