Nine Flags Cologne

Michael Ely
Submitted by Michael Ely November 15th, 2010
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The Nine Flags men’s cologne collection first came out in 1965 and sold well into the early 1970’s It was distributed by the Colton company of Boston, Massachusetts and was marketed by Gillette in the United Kingdom. The cologne came in small round ball shaped bottles with long necks and brushed aluminum screw caps, and they were sold individually in styrofoam containers or as a full collection in a plastic case. Each bottle held 2 fluid ounces of cologne and were named after a different country, each country with it’s own distinct scent and tinted color giving the cologne an international flair. My personal favorite back in the day was Hong Kong – Patcham, a wonderful spicy scent in purple (which can be found once in a great while selling on ebay for as much as $350 for a full bottle). I have never found a scent like it (Joop! being the closest, but not really the same). I bought this bottle of Patcham (half full) at a swap meet ten years ago for $1!!!!!! I guard it with my life, only wearing it on very special occasions.

2 Responses to “Nine Flags Cologne”

  1. Allee Willis

    Allee Willis

    I totally remember how popular Nine Flags cologne was and seeing so many ads for it. I always loved the shape of the bottles. But what I love more than anything is how much you guard your bottle of Patcham! I used to do that all the time with expensive bottles of perfume I would get as gifts. Then by the time I would finally open them years later I never even liked the smell.