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Old 02-15-2009, 02:13 PM   #1
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This friday is International Pipe Day! Anyone going to celebrate?
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Old 02-15-2009, 02:19 PM   #2
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I will be un able to, as I will be with my "puritan" inlaws, but I'll be celebrating in spirit, and then on monday
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i'll try, depends on if i can find a spot where i'll be on business that allows pipe smoking. otherwise, i'll freeze my azz off outside the hotel.
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Old 02-15-2009, 04:56 PM   #4
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I put up signs at my neighborhood bar. I've been telling everyone the last week if they bring a pipe I'll fill their bowls and give sampler baggies. I'll probably pick up some cobs to pass out as well.
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Old 02-15-2009, 10:40 PM   #5
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Cool! I guess I'll crack open a fresh tin of something I've been wanting to smoke but haven't because of the number of open tins I have waiting to become smoke and ash.
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Old 02-15-2009, 11:00 PM   #6
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I will be smoking like a freight train.
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Old 02-16-2009, 07:03 PM   #8
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Well, I still don't have my pipe from groogs, or any tabbacy at the moment, but I may head out and by a corncob and a small tin just to celebrate.
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Old 02-16-2009, 08:00 PM   #9
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I will be digging through my baccy stash the next couple of days to find the right blend for Friday. I think I need more tobacco.
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Old 02-19-2009, 03:05 PM   #10
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Bump

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Old 02-19-2009, 03:12 PM   #11
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Hell yeah!!! I might take off early tomorrow for this.
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Old 02-19-2009, 06:30 PM   #12
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I'll be celebrating all by lonesome tucked away in my smoking hidey-hole.
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Old 02-19-2009, 07:45 PM   #13
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What better reason to fire up my first bowl?
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Happy International Pipe Day everyone!!!

Smoke something good and rare today!

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Old 02-20-2009, 06:35 AM   #15
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A Brief History of Tobacco

1492 - Christopher Columbus received tobacco as a gift from the Arawak people of the Bahamas
during his famous voyage to the Americas.

1556 - European explorers introduced tobacco to France and, quickly thereafter, to the rest of Europe.

1571 - Spanish physicians employed tobacco as a medicine.

1584 - Sir Francis Drake, the famous explorer, introduces Sir Walter Raleigh, another
explorer of reknown, to smoking while in England.

1612 - The first commercial tobacco crop was grown in America.

1619 - The first African slaves were brought to Jamestown, Virginia to work the tobacco plantations.

1640 - Smoking was banned in New Amsterdam (now New York City). Greenwich Village, then north of the city limits, was known as "the land where tobacco grows."

1661 - Slavery was officially legalized in Virginia.

1730 - The first tobacco factories - "snuff mills" - opened in Virginia.

1775 - The American Revolution began and was, in part a "tobacco war." Along the Chesapeake Bay-then referred to as the "Tobacco Coast"-the British tobacco taxes and what seemed to the growers like a perpetual state of debt to British merchants were major factors in the revolt. Tobacco, however, helped finance the Revolution by serving as collateral for loans from France.

1861 - During the Civil War, tobacco was issued along with rations of food and drink. Many northerners were first introduced to tobacco in this way. Also, cigarettes begin to become popular. Before this time tobacco was mainly smoked in pipes and cigars.

1864 - The first cigarette factory in the United States was opened.

1917 - The U.S. War Department sent massive numbers of cigarettes to World War I soldiers.

1940 - Hitler calls tobacco the "wrath of the red man against the white man for having been given
hard liquor" and begins the world's first national anti-tobacco movement. He raises taxes on tobacco
to 90% of the retail price,

1987 - The U.S. Congress banned smoking on airline flights of less than two hours.

1998 - California became the first state to ban smoking in bars.

1998 - Attorneys general of 46 states signed and agreement with the tobacco industry to settle state lawsuits.

It is not known when tobacco was first used, but information dates back more than 2,000 years when the native people (Aztec and Mayan) of Central and South America used tobacco in medical and religious rituals. This is known because archaeologists have found an ancient Mayan vase that shows a scene of dancing and smoking skeletons--a symbol of the death god. So even thousands of years ago, tobacco represented death.

In 1492 Christopher Columbus came to the New World and landed in the "West Indies." This is why the native people were called Indians. In his journal, Columbus wrote about certain dried leaves that gave off a distinct smell. Soon after, another Spanish explorer, Rodrigo de Jerez, brought tobacco back to Spain. The people were so afraid to see smoke coming out of his mouth that he was put into prison; they thought he was possessed by demons. By the time he was released from prison a few years later, smoking had become a popular activity throughout Europe.

Tobacco became a large part of the new colonial American economy in 1612. John Rolfe and investors from England set out to grow tobacco in the colony of Jamestown, Virginia. Until then Spain had dominated the tobacco trade. Rolfe married the Native American, Pocahontas and made her the first "poster girl" of tobacco. Together they went to England and secured more money for investment in the colony. The marriage assured that the native people would not attack Jamestown or upset the new cash crop. The new wealth brought new settlers and slaves. Tobacco
growers were given up to 300,000 acres of land on which to grow tobacco. As the land was needed for tobacco and the rising population, the Native American Indians were pushed out of their villages.

Tobacco was taxed heavily by the British, who mandated that all tobacco be shipped to England. The colonists did not like to pay taxes on tobacco, and this was one of the economic causes of the Revolutionary War. The first loan given to the revolutionists was given by France with a promise of tobacco sent in return.

By the mid-1800's, it is estimated that 40% of all the colonists were slaves used in farming. In the mid and late 1800's, big plantation tobacco growers, such as the Reynolds and Duke families, began their billion-dollar tobacco empires. During the Civil War these families sided with the Confederacy because they did not want their free (slave) labor to end.


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Wow, thanks for the history, very cool read!
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Old 02-20-2009, 12:01 PM   #17
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I'll be celebrating all by lonesome tucked away in my smoking hidey-hole.
Were with you in spirit. I too will be celebrating solitary style as my couple of pipe smoking friends are out of state or out of country or just plain out of time to smoke with me.

Happy pipe smoking day! What are you smoking today by the way? (GLP Maltese Falcon for me on the way home from work, maybe some McConnel Scottish Cake in a cob, and then some McClelland Christmas Cheer 08)
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Old 02-20-2009, 04:36 PM   #18
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Happy IPD! I'm on my 2nd bowl already...
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Man, it took me going to seven shops to find a freaking cheap pipe. Well, gonna start in an hour or so, we'll see how it goes.
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Old 02-21-2009, 04:57 PM   #20
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Seven pipe shops. I'm envious. We have 1.

Picked up some cobs and had a bunch of enthusiastic takers last night.
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