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    Famous pipe smokers

    Yes - it's been done before but here are a few links:

    http://josephcrusejohnson.blogspot.co.uk/

    http://pipesmagazine.com/blog/tag/famous-pipe-smokers/

    https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=fa...&bih=745&dpr=1


    .... but, what did they smoke? Here's a starter (I'm hoping our research guru, Philofumo, can help out here):

    http://pipesmagazine.com/forums/topi...-their-tobacco

    http://pipesmokersforum.com/communit...-smokers.9222/

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    Many thanks, Jim.

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    My favorite famous pipe smoker is President Gerald Ford, who's hand I got to shake back in 1976. I believe he smoked Carter Hall, but I'm not positive.
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    This makes for great reading, Jim. Thanks!
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    That was a very nice long read, particularly the first one. I got a kick out many of the pictures which even if they smoked a pipe today would surely not be photographed doing so. Like the ball player in the dug out with is pipe immediately reminded me of Babe Ruth pictured 100's of time with a stogey in his mouth. I have many pictures of railroad scenes as I am a rail road modeller of the steam era. All of them have pipes and all are wearing hats - how customs change.
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    I just found this on you tube, Ex British Prime Minister Harold Wilson.


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    That was fascinating, Ally. I wonder if that was a Charatan he was smoking.

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    Thanks for posting these, Jim. I missed this the first time around.

    I just watched the movie the other day about Henry Mucci and he smoked a silver-rimmed pipe almost exactly like the one in this pic:



    Not a common pipe in the 1940s -- I assumed the movie makers just picked it because it looked interesting.

    EDIT: "The Great Raid" -- great action flick.
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    Here's the one from the movie:

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    I think my favorite famous pipe smoker is William Faulkner. I know that he smoked MM965 (there is a tin displayed on his writing desk at Rowan Oak) and PA. Apparently, he cellared the PA pretty deep as they were still finding cans of it in the backs of closets and such even after Rowan Oak was opened to the public.

    There are a couple of pipe-related Faulkner stories that I really like...

    First story: William Faulkner picked up the pipe in college (pretty normal at the time) and his father, Murry, did not know of this until William came home for a visit. Murry was a cigar smoker and considered pipe smokers to be elitists. So, he was not pleased to see his son with a pipe and said as much. After a dinner with the family, William's father invited him out to the porch for a smoke. Once there, Murry brought out two cigars, one for himself and one for William. William politely took the cigar, but broke it in half. He crumbled one half into his pipe and dropped the other half into his jacket pocket to save for later.

    Second story: At some point in his life (I don't remember when this occurred), William informed his family that the only gifts that he wished to receive from them at future birthdays, Christmases, and such were gifts of pipe cleaners. This is something that I've considered doing myself and I'm sure that it was as well received by his family as it would be my own.
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