Prince Albert (tobacco)

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1913 advertisement for Prince Albert tobacco.

Prince Albert is an American brand of tobacco, introduced by the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in 1907.[1] It has been owned since 1987 by John Middleton Inc.[2]

History[edit]

Prince Albert is one of the more popular independent brands of pipe tobacco in the United States; in the 1930s, it was the "second largest money-maker" for Reynolds.[3] More recently, it has also become available in the form of pipe-tobacco cigars. (A 1960s experiment with filtered cigarettes was deemed a failure.[4]) The blend is burley-based and remains one of America's top-selling pipe tobaccos.

The tobacco was personally named by R. J. Reynolds after Edward VII, who was known as Prince Albert before being crowned King.[5] The portrait of Prince Albert was based on one acquired by Reynolds at a tea party with Mark Twain.[5]

Prince Albert's cigars are available in packs of 5. Prince Albert's pipe tobacco is available in 1.5 ounce pouches and 14 ounce tins.

Varieties[edit]

Classic Prince Albert Crimp Cut Tobacco

Cigars[edit]

Pipe tobacco[edit]

"Prince Albert in a can"[edit]

The brand is the basis of a practical joke, usually made in the form of a prank call. The prankster typically calls a store and asks if they have "Prince Albert in a can." When the unsuspecting clerk responds "yes" (because the tobacco is typically packaged in a can, though other forms of packaging also existed), the caller follows up with, "Well, you'd better let him out!" or "Then why don't you let him out before he suffocates!?"[6][7] Another, more crass form of this call went "Do you have Prince Albert in the can?" When the respondent said "yes," the caller rejoined, "Well let him out before he drowns!"

In pop culture[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "International Directory of Company Histories". Thomson Gale. 2006. Retrieved 2007-08-28. 
  2. ^ Associated Press (July 7, 1987). "R.J. Reynolds Sells 2 Tobacco Brands". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-08-28. 
  3. ^ "Pipe Dream Girl". TIME magazine. November 23, 1931. Retrieved 2007-08-28. 
  4. ^ "Where There's Smoke There's a Filter". TIME magazine. November 18, 1966. Retrieved 2007-08-28. 
  5. ^ a b Bryan Burrough. Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco. HarperCollins. p. 44. 
  6. ^ Transcript of Interview with Prince Albert of Monaco, CNN Larry King Weekend, September 15, 2002
  7. ^ Penny Candy and Radio in the Good Old Days, By Tony Stein, The Virginian-Pilot, October 23, 1994
  8. ^ Whose Line Is It Anyway?. Season 4. Episode 10. ABC Family.