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Reflections on the Trade: Random Pipe and Tobacco Facts and Factoids of Yesterday

Reflections on the Trade: Random Pipe and Tobacco Facts and Factoids of Yesterday

  By Ben Rapaport   We read, we hear and we see stories and reports daily, lots of information that, sometimes, we don’t know if we should believe. That’s probably why the mantra “don’t believe everything you read” was coined. And it’s certainly true that some of what’s been written on the interrelated topics of […]

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The Write Stuff: Authors Wanted!

The Write Stuff: Authors Wanted!

The singular purpose in writing this article is to encourage every pipe aficionado—smoker, collector, historian, researcher and tradesman—to consider making a written contribution to pipe lore. Ben Rapaport Through the years I have met some pretty savvy pipe experts and enthusiasts who have the intelligence, knowledge, know-how and passion for this hobby, and I know […]

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Perceptions of Pipe Smokers

Perceptions of Pipe Smokers

Hypothesis or Hyperbole? Ben Rapaport and Bruce Harris PIPERS: SIMILAR INTERESTS AND HOMOGENEOUS BEHAVIOR … NOT? ‘For the times they are a-changin’. (Bob Dylan captured the spirit of 1960s social and political upheaval with this song back in 1964. We are reprising it in 2008!) Why? We need only take note of the dramatic change […]

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The great divide: You are what you collect!

The great divide: You are what you collect!

Ben Rapaport examines a phenomenon in the collecting hobby. Ben Rapaport In Rudy Koshar’s Histories of Leisure (2002), Dr. Matth­ew Hilton of the University of Birmingham, England, argues that in the 20th century, “Smokers became public collectors, of literary anecdotes, of pipes, tobacco boxes, cigars, ornamental snuff boxes, and later cigarette cards.” I have the […]

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To patent of not to patent?

To patent of not to patent?

19th century pipe designs, inventions and contrivances not destined for prime time Ben Rapaport Twenty years ago, longtime clay tobacco pipe collector and close friend, S. Paul Jung Jr., and I collaborated on a two-year research endeavor that resulted in the publication in 1987 of the limited-edition (250 copies) 19th Century Patents, Designs and Trademarks […]

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Where’s the Real Pipe Action? I Say It’s At the Auction Block!

Where’s the Real Pipe Action? I Say It’s At the Auction Block!

Auction houses are not often considered as viable places to buy and sell tobacco-related items, but they should be. Ben Rapaport “A pipe is a relative­ly uncommon o­bject in t­h­e habits of most people, and it can be considered an example of niche behaviour. This elitist character makes a pipe a ‘cult’ object able to […]

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The Age of Steal

The Age of Steal

Why the Age of Steal? The measure of U.S. economic power in the last quarter of the 19th century was steel, the miracle metal. That very distinctive era was known as the steel age, the gilded age or, as a few historians characterized the period, “when America came of age.” It was also a notorious […]

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