Smoking Material

Today smoking is not encouraged but this is a relatively recent development, in this family photo, which may have been taken between 1910 and 1920 (a guess), each you man is holding a cigarette in his hand.

By 1970, there was a growing awareness that it was not a good idea, but before that lots of people smoked and nicotine yellow was a common colour scheme for both fingers and ceilings.  As I have been working on my house and building a random collection of objects, the remains of smoking materials are common.  The house was built around 1901 and I have found at least three bowls from clay pipes:

The stems often appear whilst digging the garden:

I could not find any pictures of clay pipes in our family photos, snaps from the inter-war years feature briar type pipes or cigarettes.

During the second world war cigarettes helped ease the tension, my mother started smoking whilst taking refuge in air raid shelters during the blitz.  Books and magazines from that period show servicemen and women taking a drag during a pause in the action.  After the war, the emphasis was on glamour.  Fag ends are not glamorous, I did build a small, disgusting collection whilst installing some radiators, but my wife appears to have disposed them.  What remains is some discarded packets, this is all that remains of a packet of ten Bar One:

A plumber or electrician seems to have been fond of Woodbines:

I’m guessing but both these packets were discarded in the late 1940s or early 1950s when a lot of plumbing and electrical work was done in the house.  Cigarette companies have worked hard at creating alluring images for their product but Woodies never seem to have made it into the international world of smoking pleasure as variations on “scrounging a woody” were common in factories.


About SolarBucket

I trained as a mechanical engineer in the 1970's and then spent most of the following 25 years doing sums and software for Oil and Gas Exploration. Current interests are the study of wind and solar resources.
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