It is really unfortunate that the majority of contemporary pipe smokers were not puffin' when the original Classics (O.T.C., Drug Store Blends, or Codger Brands ) were readily available. I believe that most of the present day renditions of the few old Classics that are around today do not come close to the appeal of the original version. There was a lot of competition at the general store for your tobacco dollar; an competition makes for a better product. Over the years, mergers, acquisitions, and other power/money driven factors have taken their toll on the Classics. In my opinion, Velvet and Granger would be good examples. Both were originally manufactured by Liggett & Myers --- great blends and popular. Pinkerton later assumed ownership and everything ( including the packaging ) was reduced to a barely acceptable product. Half & Half has a similar history. Current attempts by Lane to resurrect these brands, I hope, is not too little--- to late. As much as I hate to see the Classics trashed by some present day smokers, many of the complaints are valid on current Classic offerings. The original versions were truly great!----- Thanks, R.F.P.