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Smoking Santas
I loved the article about Neil Strong’s smoking Santa Claus collection (“Ho ho ho: 600 pipe-puffing Santas and counting,” P&T Vol. 19, No. 4). Seeing Santa Claus peacefully puffing on his pipe, while he brings joy and gifts to all the children in the world, brings a huge amount of serenity and contentment to this grumpy, old, pipe-smoking curmudgeon. I hate that there are some people so politically correct or
asinine—might be the same thing—to insist that any vestige of Santa smoking be stamped out. Sign of the times where intolerance abounds, I guess.
So how did the image of Santa Claus evolve over the years? When did he first pick up his pipe?

Nick Spencer
Denham Springs, Louisiana

P&T: Clement Clarke Moore’s 1823 poem “A Visit from Saint Nicholas” and the artwork of Thomas Nast probably had the most significant impact on our vision of Santa Claus smoking his pipe. For the full story, our own Stephen A. Ross wrote an article in the pages of P&T on the history and evolution of Santa Claus (“The Origin of Santa Claus,” Vol. 7, No. 4). P&T has back issues available, if you’re interested in reading the article. You may order back issues from the P&T store on the website www.pipesandtobaccosmagazine.com or by contacting P&T’s customer service at 919.872.5040, ext. 238; email: customerservice@pipesandtobaccosmagazine.com.

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Category: Pipe Lines, Spring 2015

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