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    We all know the list of famous pipe men, it's been covered to death, but what about their tobacco choices.

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    It's generally known that Albert Einstein smoked Revelation on a regular basis. I remember that President Gerald Ford favored Edgeworth but also "bummed" off of anyone with a pouch. As for others I have no knowledge. It'll be interesting hearing from others.

    Blowin' smoke since 1970.
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    nothing good to add just saying i think this is a great idea for a list.

    "You have to be a man first before you're a gentleman. "

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    Gerald Ford- Field and Stream, Half and Half, SWR
    Aliester Crowley - Straight Perique Soaked in Rum
    Basil Rathbone - Wilke's #515
    J.R.R. Tolkien - Capstan Navy Cut (blue tin)
    C.S. Lewis- Three Nuns
    Hugh Hefner- Mixture #79 or 69

    Obviously some of these could just be conjecture and it's hard to know for certain without photos or interviews.

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    Edward G. Robinson/ Edward G. Robinson

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    General Douglas MacArthur preferred to smoke Harkness D and Harkness F, apparently House of Windsor blends, but when those were not available he smoked "whatever was available at the PX."

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    I have touched on this before.

    Leon Leonwood Bean (L.L. Bean) smoked Prince Albert & Edgeworth Ready Rubbed.

    -damnyak AKA Double-Goofy.
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    Remember this guy WILLIAM CONRAD who played cannnon on tv ? This is what he smoked

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    Photographic proof! Einstein and Revelation.

    CACooper

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    I heard Tolkien was a big fan of My Mix 965.

    Love the idea of the thread though. It's always interested me more what people were smoking in the pipe more so than that they were smoking a pipe. Like what blend were they puffing on in the LOTR movies? Or, what blend was Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law smoking in Sherlock Holmes?

    "The thinking man always smokes a Peterson." -Peterson of Dublin
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    Like what blend were they puffing on in the LOTR movies?

    If I remember correctly the cast smoked Peter Stokkebye Nougat. I read that they were given several different blends to try and they unanimously chose Nougat.

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    Peter Stokkebye Nougat huh. Might have to give that blend a try when the new Hobbit movie comes out then.

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    rothnh – “General Douglas MacArthur preferred to smoke Harkness D and Harkness F, apparently House of Windsor blends, but when those were not available he smoked "whatever was available at the PX."

    Do you know the source for this information? I am not so much questioning its veracity as wanting to read the source material.

    I am a long-time MacArthur fan and have never run across to my memory what he smoked. So this was very fun to read just now.

    Blessed be the man who invented smoking, the soother and comforter of a troubled spirit, allayer of angry passions, a comfort under loss of breakfast, and to the roamer in desolate places, the solitary wayfarer through life, serving for wife, children, and friends."

    -- “an English Wanderer in the trackless forests of South Africa,” from Alfred Dunhill’s “The Pipe Book”.
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    Popeye/ Spinach? Famous pipe men.......What does Kevin smoke?

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    lol What was Popeye smoking? My guess would be since he was a sailor it was probably a Navy flake.

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    Basil Rathbone smoked Wilkes #515. Va/black Cav with rum topping.

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    Tom, I read it a few times in various places, but here's a quote from the Christian Pipes Smokers Forum:

    "General MacArthur was reputed to have smoked a lot of Harkness F which is a blend that comes from San Antonio's Humidor. It's a cube cut Burley blend that also contains some deer tongue. They probably still have it..."

    Not sure SA Humidor still has any Harkness blends available -- you could contact them. Old Tartan by Russ Ouelette was reputed to straddle a couple Harness blends in similarity but not sure if the current Old Tartan is the same blend now.

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    Fascinating thread. Tagged.

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    Aliester Crowley - Straight Perique Soaked in Rum

    That sounds about right. I suspect if he were around today he'd likely give Cerberus a try. (Actually, he probably is still smoking, come to think of it).

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    I heard that Bing Crosby's choice was whatever brand paid him the most.

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    William Faulkner smoked Balkan Sobranie and Blue Boar.

    President Ford smoked Field and Stream.

    I'd really like to know what Bertrand Russell smoked, but I've never found a reference....

    "Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgment. For even the wise cannot see all ends. -- J.R.R. Tolkien
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    rothnh -- Tom, I read it a few times in various places, but here's a quote from the Christian Pipes Smokers Forum:

    "General MacArthur was reputed to have smoked a lot of Harkness F which is a blend that comes from San Antonio's Humidor. It's a cube cut Burley blend that also contains some deer tongue. They probably still have it..."

    Not sure SA Humidor still has any Harkness blends available -- you could contact them. Old Tartan by Russ Ouelette was reputed to straddle a couple Harness blends in similarity but not sure if the current Old Tartan is the same blend now.

    Thank you . . . I think San Antonio’s Humidor is long shuttered but not sure. I can’t imagine him having a Texas-only tobacco, as long as he lived in the Far East. I am checking on a source I thought I’d hear by now. I’d like to trace this down.

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    Bertrand Russel smoked Freiberg and Treyer Golden Mixture. There were several articles posted here on Pipes Magazine about famous people and their tobacco choices.

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    Rigmedic1....Thanks for the BR tip.

    Could you list some of the articles you are referring to? I did a search before I started this thread, and everything I found was just naming pipe smokers and not tobacco choices in detail. I could have overlooked them though. I also looked over the pipes mag article on famous pipe smokers, it was informative, but lacking in what I was searching for.

    Jack

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    Rigmedic, I saw the same thing on TobaccoReviews about Russell and F&T Golden Mixture. I was wondering where I could find a better source. Thanks.

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    In the left column there is a section called "categories". Click on "Pipe Smokers of the Past".

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    I think Kevin observed that Aaron Spelling smoked Mixture 79,
    judging from the residue left in his estate Dunhill collection.

    Also, if you buy into the ad hype, C&D's # 104 Crooner is based on Bing Crosby's personal formula.

    I find myself sitting idly on the line dividing past and future,
    as if I could kill time without injuring eternity. -- Thoreau
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    What a great thread!!!

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    I don't know what Mark Twain smoked, but he endorsed Player's Navy Cut (1909 ad in Punch magazine)

    and his image was used in a Prince Albert advertisement.

    "Illustration based on Prince Albert pipe tobacco ad from the Dave Thomson collection".

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    Great idea for a topic and I really enjoyed seeing all of the responses - keep 'em coming!

    "Be seeing you"


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    I must have paused Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House 1,000 times when he reaches into his desk and hands Melvyn Douglas his tin. I want to think it's Dunhill's Baby's Bottom but I can't get a clear enough look.

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    I must have paused Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House 1,000 times when he reaches into his desk and hands Melvyn Douglas his tin. I want to think it's Dunhill's Baby's Bottom but I can't get a clear enough look.

    Ah- that's a good one. I will have to see if I can see anything - great movie btw!

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    I would love to know what Lee Van Cleef smoked in his movies, anyone have his number?

    How about Yul Brenner, he was a big Upshall fan from what I have read. I love him in the Magnificent Seven.

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    Greetings,

    Mr. Blandings is my favorite film of all time. I have watched the movie countless times and I too, have always wondered what brand of tobacco Douglas digs out of the desk. I've studied the scene on my computer many times and still can't identify the brand. It sure would be fun to know!

    Here's a couple of screen shots:

    CACooper

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    The folks at the MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk, Virginia are a pretty good lot, and the Director, Bill Davis, told me MacArthur had no favorite pipe tobacco but did use whatever was available at the PX.

    I am still trying to finagle out of the archivist a source for this. At the time of my enquiry, he did not know.

    Ditto on this being a great thread.

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    Fred McCmurry(MY 3 SONS)there was an episode where he made a comment to Uncle Charlie that he had to go to the store to pick up some tobacco,later in that episode he is shown with a white & blue can of tobacco.Still trying to figure out what he smoked?

    I will give up my pipe when they pry my cold dead fingers off of it!
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    ...that was the episode where the eldest sone was pledging the fraternity,whilst condeming uncle charlies own social club?

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    Fred MacMurray supposedly smoked Father Dempsey Blend from Kramer's Tobacco Shop in southern California. That shop catered to many Hollywood types.

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    I have read that William "Cannon" Conrad smoked Amphora Red Full Aroma in several threads like this. I used to smoke some of that a long time ago when I was single because women really liked the aroma.
    Smokey

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    Okay, I have a weak spot for General MacArthur, so I pursued this a bit further.

    In re Douglas MacArthur's favorite pipe tobacco, James Zobel, the archivist at The General Douglas MacArthur Foundation was good enough to look into this for me.

    He traced it to a spring 1996 article in "Pipes and Tobacco" wherein the MacArthur Memorial curator told the journalist the quote about MacArthur and smoking what he could find at the PX. Mr. Zobel thought that came from Mrs. MacArthur’s oral history which she did in the 1980s.(She was a grand lady, wow.)

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    Günter Grass (Author) smokes Larsen - Classic
    Tolkien smoked Captan Blau (as can be seen in an interview on youtube) and Players Navy Cut (reported by his son)
    Einstein smoked House of Windsor - Revelation
    Siegfried Lenz smoked Rattray´s - 7 Reserve
    Herbert Wehner smoked House of Windsor - Revelation
    Wolfgang Schäuble (Politician) smokes MacBaren Mixture (Scottish Blend)
    Hugh Hefner smokes Mixture 79
    Georges Simeon smoked Dunhill - Royal Yacht
    Helmut Kohl (Politician) smoked Falkum - MF Prime Selection No. 201 and Richmod - Navy Cut
    Max Frisch smoked Dunhill - Early Morning Pipe
    Golo Mann smoked Balkan Sobranie and Dunhill - Early Morning Pipe
    Lalo Schrifrin smoked Dunhill - March 93
    Harald Lesch smokes Stanwell - Vanilla and MacBaren Mixture (Scottish Blend)
    Jean Paul Sartre smoked French tobacco: Caporal and Black Scaferlatti

    Suffering from a serious case of "EPARD", also known as the Estate Pipe Acquisition and Restoration Disorder.
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    Make that: High Hefner smoked Mixture 79. Hef quit smoking over thirty years ago.

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    Make that: High Hefner smoked Mixture 79. Hef quit smoking over thirty years ago.

    It certainly took him long enough to realize Mixture 79 is crap

    We're fortunate he had much better taste in selecting beautiful women for his magazine!

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    Mixture 79 is very good , i love it.

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    Mixture 79 is very good , i love it.

    Teddy, you might be kidding here. Maybe not. In any case, like many things, one man's favorite pipe tobacco is another's gawd-awful dog poop.

    To each his own. Thank goodness there are so many blends to choose from; if none of those many hundreds of blends do not suit, we can always blend our own.

    Keep on puffin

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    Most important and interesting information. Especially about William Faulkner and Aleister Crowley. I had forgotten about the existence of Amphora. It was one of the brands I smoked in the 50s on the way to Balkan Sobranie. Strange, nobody said "...and Foggymountain smokes...".

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    More on Wm. Faulkner...

    One of his pipes went on the auction block last year:
    http://www.booktryst.com/2012/08/you-can-smoke-william-faulkners-pipe.html

    Another one here, donated to a library:
    http://www.ecu.edu/cs-admin/news/southernwriters.cfm#.UTIBCFeS_JU

    I also know he smoked St. Bruno along with his Balkan Sobranie, which he had ordered special for him at the Rexall drugstore in Oxford Mississippi...

    ...but yet a little more from some biographical sources indicates he was quite the tobacconista,

    W.F. claimed that his favorite tobacco was "blended for me by Dunhill in London when I was about 19 or 20 years old and I've been smoking it ever since" - John Falkner points out that "Bill liked variety in his pipe tobacco. He would blend it differently at times to get a new taste and every time he would go into a pipe shop he'd buy several selections of ready-mixed tobacco. He would smoke from one can and then another, like a man trying different foods at each meal."

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    I would love to know what Lee Van Cleef smoked in his movies, anyone have his number?

    The funniest answer I came across is this:
    "I think it was called Good-Bad-Ugly. It was rather expensive. He would go to his tobacconist with a fist full of dollars and the tobacconist would tell him it would cost a few dollars more."

    It's been said to have actually been Tinder Box Philosopher, but that can't be confirmed I don't think. Here's a neat little story by someone who met a pipe-smoking Van Cleef:
    "I had the very fine experience of meeting Lee once when I was young, I was sitting in a mall in Oxnard California called the Esplanade. I was about 14 at the time. I was enjoying a box of carmel popcorn when this gentalman asked if he could sit. I said sure. He then asked if it would be ok if he smoked his pipe. That's when I got a really good look at him and said "you look like Angel Eyes from the cowboy movies" He replied "I had better,My name is Lee Van Cleef. I am Angel Eyes" I introduced myself to him and we started to chat about Alot of things. I asked him what was he doing at the mall ,He said he liked to buy his tobacco good at the Tinder Box smoke shop..."

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    Thank you for posting that. Great 2 min read.

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    Supposedly, countless amounts of Prince Albert tins were found in a closet at Faulkner's beloved Rowan Oak. Also, (as stated in this thread) he was a fan of My Mixture (Dunhill), SWR, Sobranie, and St. Bruno.

    The late Historian/Novelist, Shelby Dade Foote, who was one of the last old writers of the South, smoked an interesting combo of Edward G. Robinson and Half and Half, but also smoked Prince Albert or whatever was handy to him.

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    I've got a couple of old German porcelains from the 1800s. Wondering what kind of tobacco Heidi's grandfather would have smoked...

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    Old Tartan is primarily a Burley/natural Cavendish blend (with cube cut included) and a bit of Latakia. When it was first made, it included deertongue, but we were later advised that we shouldn't use it anymore, so we found a flavoring that is virtually identical without the substance that makes deertongue questionable (coumarin).

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    When it was first made, it included deertongue, but we were later advised that we shouldn't use it anymore
    So I assume Crooner no longer contains deertongue either?

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    Actually the LOTR cast smoked Mayfair. A French Vanilla/ nougat blend from Gus's Smoke Shop in Ca.

    Probably a PS bulk, just re-named.

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    LOTR?

    A man without a shillelagh is a man without an expedient.
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    Lord of the Rings ....

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    I smoke C&D's Gentleman Caller which has deer tongue in it. The original half & Half also contained it. I doubt that smoking blends with deer tongue is an issue. I did have blood clots in one leg a year ago and was put on Coumadin for 9 months. My point being, if I smoked a Coumadin derivative would I have blood clots? The blend does not contain enough to alter things apparently so blenders are erring on the side of safety as far as I'm concerned. I also smoke SG's 1792 which has tonquin, a derivative of Coumadin. Does it enter the blood stream?Maybe, but I think not enough to be a game changer for most of us.

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    Does anyone know if the actors in LOTR actually smoke pipe outside of movie life?

    "I don't know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve."
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    I would assume that Ian Mckellen(Gandalf) does. If you think of how many times he had smoking parts in the LOTR movies and how many times they probably had to shoot the same parts I think it would be safe to assume that he is still consuming nicotine in one way or another. Escapially now that they are making another 2 hobbit movies (can't wait for the release of the second in December). I have seen pictures of him smoking cigarettes. I can't imagine him smoking that much and not ever enjoying it.

    "I have some friends, some honest friends, and honest friends are few; My pipe of briar, my open fire, A book that's not too new." -Robert W. Service
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    Bumping this for those who haven't seen it.

    "Curiosity is one of the most permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intellect."
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    "Einstein smoked House of Windsor - Revelation"

    At the time during which Herr Professor Doctor Einstein enjoyed Revelation Smoking Mixture it was manufactured by Philip Morris & Co., Ltd., Inc.

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    "I have read that William "Cannon" Conrad smoked Amphora Red Full Aroma."

    This is affirmed by author Richard Carleton Hacker in his "The Ultimate Pipe Book." Therein he also states, "Like many pipe smokers, Bill Conrad has spent years looking for the "perfect" tobacco. "Dunhill must have three thousand and one custom blends," he says, "of which 3,000 must have been mine, looking for the right mixture!"

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  63. misterlowercase

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    Hesketh Pearson smoked Godfrey Phillip's Grand Cut.

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    J.B. Priestley had a rather odd personal blend that he enjoyed:
    2 parts Dunhill Standard Mixture + 1 part Dunhill Royal Yacht.

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    Compton Mackenzie, fully Sir Edward Montague Compton Mackenzie, later smoked Lambert & Butler Warlock,
    after for years smoking John Cotton #2.

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    Rigmedic, I saw the same thing on TobaccoReviews about Russell and F&T Golden Mixture. I was wondering where I could find a better source. Thanks

    What about this for a better source?

    That letter was found in an old issue of TPSE that I'm currently reading...

    ...which was kindly lent to me by forum member TheFalcon (Eric).

    There's an article about a man named Ralph Morrissey who was intending to write a huge book on tobacco, but sadly, he passed before his desire to do so could be fulfilled --- yet, he wrote many letters to famous pipemen asking various questions and the actual letters were reproduced in TPSE.

    Ben Rapaport published at least 2 bookish things on the man himself:
    The Nicotian Notebooks of Ralph Morrissey 1926-1956
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    Notes From a Nashville Nicotian

    For those who don't know,
    Ben Rapaport is not only one of our very finest writers, as well as an incredible researcher, but for years and years has also ran Antiquarian Tobaciana as a specialized bookseller dealing in all things we love, including very rare titles as well as foreign language stuff, and he's extremely well-versed in all things biblionicotianian.

    I need to re-establish contact with Ben as I totally flaked out on him and didn't respond to his last email a couple of years ago and i never even completed the book purchases I was after --- I'm a bit of an anxiety-ridden mental idiot.

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    "That letter was found in an old issue of TPSE that I'm currently reading..."

    Troy, that old TPSE looks strangely familiar with the mylar taped binding, glad your finding some good info and receiving some enjoyment from it brother. Talk to you soon!

    Cheers,--Eric

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    This is a great thread! I hate to think that Samuel Clements, who I am told I favor, whored himself out to tobacco makers but how is that different than what celebrities do now?

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    Humphrey Bogart smoked Gawath Hoggert Brown Bogie.
    I have it on good authority that Kermit (of Muppets fame) smoked Frog Morton.......

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    Does anyone know what pipe tobacco Frank Sinatra Smoked and or his favorite tobacco house?

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    J.B. Priestley had a rather odd personal blend that he enjoyed:
    2 parts Dunhill Standard Mixture + 1 part Dunhill Royal Yacht.

    I keep meaning to try this. I think 2 parts Elizabethan Mixture to 1 part Royal Yacht would be delicious as well.

    "My own experience has been that the tools I need for my trade are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whiskey." -- William Faulkner

    The Metal Mixtures
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  69. skraps

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    Does anyone know what pipe tobacco Frank Sinatra Smoked and or his favorite tobacco house?

    I'm not sure Sinatra smoked a pipe long enough to have a preferred blend. Though, I do recall reading somewhere that he bought tobacco from Pipeworks & Wilke.

    "People are not made better by a briar. An idiot before smoking a pipe is still an idiot after smoking a pipe, they're just more likely to speak less drivel with something in their mouth. For that, all society should be grateful."

    - Bob Runowski
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    I'd love to know what W. Somerset Maugham smoked. One of my favorite passages in "Of Human Bondage" is Phillip Carey smoking his pipe to stave off hunger after losing all of his other possessions and home.

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