Araks cigarettes are produced in Belgium, short (70 mm), wide flat hard box , 20 cigarettes in a pack.
Five Armenian families that had immigrated to Belgium made the Egyptian style cigarettes that were so very popular before the beginning of the First World War. The Tchamkerten family, along with the Missirian, Matossian, Enfiadjian, and Mirzabekiantz families of tobacconists, were originally from Turkey and Russia. Araks cigarettes, plus the handsome tin that they were sold in, were made in Antwerp by Tchamkerten & Company circa 1915. Tchamkerten claimed to be "Grande Manufacture de Cigarettes Egyptiennes" with branch factories in Alexandrie, Egypt; Geneve, Suisse; and Stockholm, Sweden. The talented Italian poster artist Leonetto Cappiello (1875 - 1942) was responsible for the beautiful Araks ad.
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