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BAMBU ROLLING PAPERS

The first Bambu booklet. Circa 1907 The later Bambu booklet. The founder of Bambu, Rafael Abad Santoja had passed away in 1911 and the factory was renamed Sobrinos de R Abad Santonja (Nephews of Rafael Abad Santonja).

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“Read about the history of Bambu and it’s 1907 Birth by writer and Historian Enrique Cedra Gordo” Here

The US Brand owner of Bambu Papers claims that their company was founded in 1764 but doesn’t give any verifiable reference to substantiate that date . Here is what the company claims on the Wiki talk page):

  • “Bambu, one of the World’s 1000 Oldest Companies, opened its doors in 1764, originally making Bible paper. Noticing the increasing popularity of cigarette paper in Europe, Bambu shifted production to manufacture The World’s Finest Rolling Papers, always striving to stay ahead of the rapidly growing competition.”

However, books on the history of Bambu and the history of rolling papers strongly contradict this. Cerdб Gordo, Enrique; El Bambu, la marca y les bambuneres (Miseria i Companyia Edicions), says that Bambu was formed in 1907 by Rafael Abad Sontoja. The book Rolling Paper Graphics by Jose Lorente (Ginko press) also says the first artwork is from 1907. In addition, a professor of history at the University of Barcelona who has written numerous papers on the history of cigarette paper making in Spain also corroborates that the Bambu brand was founded in 1907.
Professor Miquel Gutiérrez Poch ( http://www.ub.edu/histeco/esp/membre.php?page=gutierrez.htm.) spoke with us and again confirmed that Bambu rolling papers date to 1907, stating: “Actually it was registered on 13 June of that year in the Central Trademark office in Madrid (with the number 13.470).” The founder of Bambu was Rafael Abad Sontoja who was born in 1851 and died in 1911
The Alcoy paper factories (including the one that owned and made Bambu) formed a conglomerate in 1934 called Papeleras Reunitas. According to court documents from 1985 (http://openjurist.org/773/f2d/925/adams-apple-distributing-company-v-papeleras-reunidas-sa) , that company violated a contract with Adams Apple of Chicago . Adams Apple sued Papeleras and the ensuing judgment put the company into bankruptcy. Adams Apple filed liens against the Bambu Trademark in the United States which were upheld. What happened next is a bit hazy, but in the end the factory was closed and the Bambu trademark was liquidated. The Bambu rolling paper that is available today is not made in Alcoy . Bambu is private label produced by Miguel Y Costas (the makers of Smoking and Pure Hemp) at their factories in Barcelona and Argentina.

Description Bambu Roll Back/Gold Regular
ID Code C02_1C4 C02_4C4
Size(mm) 82 x 30 72 x 25
Bar Code? No No
Language Sp Sp
Description Square 33 leaves Square 39 leaves Man with hat
ID Code C02_1C1 C02_2C1 C02_4C1
Size(mm) 47 x 40 47 x 40 47 x 40
Bar Code? No No No
Language Sp Sp Sp
Description Banana Cannabis Coconut Strawberry Cherry
ID Code C02_1C2 C02_2C2 C02_3C2 C02_4C2 C02_1C3
Size(mm) 47 x 40 47 x 40 47 x 40 47 x 40 47 x 40
Bar Code? No No No No No
Language Sp Sp Sp Sp Sp
Description Big Bambu Big Bambu
ID Code C02_4C3 C02_5C5
Size(mm) 68 x 50 68 x 50
Bar Code? No 760136
Language Sp Eng
Description Light Weight 1½ Extra Double Wide
ID Code C02_5C2 C02_5C3 C02_5C4
Size(mm) 47 x 40 63 x 40 83 x 40
Bar Code? 760135 760137 760135
Language Eng Eng Eng
Description Square 1½ Extra Double Wide
ID Code C02_3C1 C02_1C3 C02_1C5
Size(mm) 47 x 40 63 x 40 83 x 40
Bar Code? No No No
Language Sp Sp Sp
Description Good Times * Good Times 1½ Extra
ID Code C02_5C1 C02_3C6
Size(mm) 47 x 40 63 x 40
Bar Code? No No
Language Eng Eng
*This was not an actual Bambu product but the style was similar.

More Bambu Information from Wiki’s Bambu Page

BAMBU ROLLING PAPERS The first Bambu booklet. Circa 1907 The later Bambu booklet. The founder of Bambu, Rafael Abad Santoja had passed away in 1911 and the factory was renamed Sobrinos de R

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