My latest found:
Greetings from Germany
January 21, 2007
I found some more informations about the “Loaded in France” at the IAA Forum:
…. between early 1900’s and mid 1930’s Winchester made a series of special labels without any mention of the company name and with an unusual notation which reads “Loaded in France”; however, the original contents of these boxes are new primed empty cases, which means that these would be eventually loaded in France. The explanation given by Giles and Shuey is that they were sent to France as NPE shells to avoid French import taxes on loaded ammunition. Some rare caliber variations were indeed found only in France, either as original NPE shells or locally loaded cartridges.
… All these “Loaded in France” cartridges did only exist because the French “Monopole of Poudres et Salpêtres”, which was the one and only facility authorized to make gun powder in the country, so eventually imported ammo would have been as separate components, to be loaded on the spot (this giving also a good lot of work to local ammunition factories…!).
Some of my 44-40 boxes I collected over the years. None loaded in France, but I wanted to show there was a huge variance in loads, labels, and even box designs. Notice the yellow 44 box, I’m especially proud of it. It’s the rarest… bottom left corner.
December 30, 2011
Those old boxes are really something. It’s amazing how some of them can make it for so long, still look good and be full of cartridges besides.