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The Guardian,  Monday May 19 2008

Why should pipe-smoking be a
hobby limited to men?

In the 1950s pipe-smoking was considered the respectable
way to smoke. Until I was eight years
old I grew up in the west country with an ex-naval
grandfather and then two gentleman farmers who were great
pipe lovers. I started smoking a pipe at the age of 15, much to
my mother's disappointment.

I bought my first pipe, an Astley, in 1973 for £10. I now own
three Astleys, the last of which I bought in the late 90s for
£110. She's a really lovely smoke. I also own two Dunhills,
worth about £500 each, but I won't smoke them because
they're too precious...

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NOTE: We are still awaiting permission from the Guardian to
reproduce the entire interview of our Club's own
Veda
Lumber
by Maia Adams.

   
BELOW: Dad & daughter (2002) light up at a game lodge
near Mt. Kilimanjaro, Kenya, E.A. Mary Elizabeth Long Roberts
& Johnny Long
LEFT:
Marquis de Pompadour
(1721–1764), mistress
in the court of King Lois
XV of France, a pipe
smoker and avid
collector who owned
more than 300 pipes.
ABOVE: a posh Georg Jensen lady's 7" mini-churchwarden with Rhinestone shank band -
Denmark. A gifte from Dad - from the collection of Mary Elizabeth Long Roberts - NC, USA
Meerschaum pipes ~
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 ANTIQUE POSTCARDS
of pipe smoking women!
BELOW: Petite Lady's
Meerschaum - circa 1890 -
Victorian
Cased 4" long - faux amber
stem - J.W. Long collection
DATELINE: YORKSHIRE
IT’S A man’s county, Yorkshire, and they smoke their pipes like men up there....   So it should have been no surprise when Linden Milner lifted the trophy at
the annual contest of the Halifax Pipesmoking Club....  But in that brief time a raft of traditions, expectations and chauvinist northern prejudices were blown
away as if they were a mere wisp of smoke. Linden Milner is a woman...  
To read more - Pipe Club of Norfolk newsletter - "Smoking Times" - [CLICK HERE ].
ABOVE: Queen Victoria banned smoking in her court and in the precinct of Windsor Castle.
Edward VII, her son and heir to the throne (902~1910), himself an avid cigar smoker,
reversed her ban and regularly invited his guests to join him in smoking.

Poor Queen Vic. In spite of (because of?) her extreme dislike of tobacco, England - and the
Continent - went into a veritable manufacturing frenzy of pipes and smoking periphernalia
emblazoned with her generous and ageing visage.
"Rose-lipt maidens, lightfoot lads" - a toast offered by Karen Blixen (Meryl
Streep) in
Out of Africa to the men's only Muthaiga Club of Kenya - quoting
from the A.E. Housman's Shropshire Lad, No.
LIV.  [Read More]
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Yes, this Lady makes
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Simply stunning ~
Anne Julie briars!

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Moral: "Light up, and
you just might live
long enough to...
look like this?!"
LEFT: old magazine advert
for a lady's mini-
churchwarden from the
Butz-Choquin company in St.
Claude, France.

"Maitre Pipier"
RIGHT:

Rachel
Donelson
Jackson
(1767 –
1828), wife
of US President
Andrew Jackson

Rachel was
known to smoke
a long-stemmed
clay pipe

Portrait by
Ralph E. W. Earl
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