When "Lucky Strike Green" goes to war, servicemen bring cigarettes to Dickinson women

April 13, 1990

Nancy Watkins Lucas reports in an interview that female students corresponded with soliders and sailors during the World War II period. Lucas, who smoked at the time, recalls that cigarettes were difficult to obtain. In fact, the brand Lucky Strike Green, whose cigarette packaging was green, started a campaign during the war, "Lucky Strike Green - Gone to War." Lucas claims that "the servicemen could always get you cigarettes." Lucas dated a sailor who brought her cigarettes during the war. Smoking was a fad on campus during this period, and there were designated smoking areas in the dormitories: "...that's where the girls would just have their...hang out, discuss all the stuff that was going on."

Location of Document in Archives
World War II Oral History, Lucas, Nancy Watkins