Captain Zig-Zag the ZouavePosted: January 24, 2018 | Author: Greazy Bastard | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Advice, Biker Culture, Classic Motorcycles, custom motorcycle photography, digital photograpy, Halterman, Harley Davidson, Michigan, motorcycle parts and service, Motorcycle Photo of the Day, motorcycle photography, motorcycle videos, Muskegon, Muskegon Bike Time, Papeterie de Gassicourt, Road Trips, studio photography, The Story of Captain Zig-Zag, wedding photographer, Zig-Zag rolling papers | Leave a comment »
Zig-Zag, founded in 1855 by Maurice and Jacques Braunstein, was based in Paris. Their factory, the Papeterie de Gassicourt, was the production plant they built in Mantes-la-Jolie, and they ultimately manufactured rolling papers with their invention of the process of “interleaving.”
They called their papers Zig-Zag (due to the zigzag alternating packaging process) and in 1900 their product was awarded a gold medal at the Universal Exposition in Paris.
Captain Zig-Zag is the Zouave soldier whose image is on the front of Zig-Zag products. Also known as the “Zig-Zag Man,” the choice of a member of a French North African regiment as the Zig-Zag icon grew out of a story which occurred during the battle of Sevastopol.
It’s said that as that soldier’s clay pipe was shattered by a bullet, the ‘Captain’ then rolled his tobacco to smoke using a piece of paper torn from his gunpowder bag.
And as for other famous rolling papers?