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  1. misterlowercase

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    If you're like me, you love looking at images of various tobaccos. I've only been pipe smoking now for a year and a couple of months so my experience with a variety of different tob'o is limited, it's great being able to see what's beneath the tin lid and perhaps might even steer you to a blend you hadn't considered before.

    Looking around alot lately, I've found 2 motherlode threads of beautiful pictures and find myself drooling at times just at the sight of the luscious leaf.

    Both these threads are set up with an index on the first page so you can just click a tob'o you're interested in and go straight to it, but I think it's fun (but time killing) to go page by page, here they are:

    http://accademiafumolento.forumfree.it/?t=52995175

    Some great stuff there, as well as nice photography.

    I wonder if there'd be any interest to start a similar thread here on PM?

    I'm not a good photographer, but here's a few to kickstart our thread if there's any interest...

    Gallaher's Rich Dark Honeydew

    old Erinmore Flake

    Murray's Warrior Plug sadly I didn't take a pic of it still in plug form, this is just one slice I cut

    My Own Blend 111 Flake

    Robt. McConnell Pure Caribe

    Edit: Removed one link. L.

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    You've only been smoking for a year and a couple of months?

    Where/how did you come by the Murray's?

    The photography's fine, but I think more people will be interested in what you've photographed!

    - Write if you get work.

    - Hang by your thumbs.
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    yes, I really became passionate very quickly.

    The old Erinmore came very cheaply off eBay, cheap as in $5 for 2 full tins!!! They have House of Edgeworth distribution stickers on the back, any idea of a time period?

    The Warrior Plug came from a trade with a very cool British gentleman, and along with it and St. Bruno, they have found much love with me but it's frustrating to taste these "forbidden fruits" because they're so hard to come by,
    so it's a blessing but also a curse!

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    I know that I am not the only one who drooled over these pictures and their tasty tobaccos.

    I'm so awesome, I make myself jealous of myself.
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    Well once they're up in smoke and only ashes left, you can take comfort in the photographs!

    Very well done photos, BTW -- thanks for sharing

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    How was that Rich Dark Honeydew?

    I'd love to give a couple tins of that for a rainy day...

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    Simenon, sadly the RDH was very crispy and all the essential oils were lost to time, it didn't even have any discernible scent. I rehydrated some with the wet paper-towel technique and it was okay but nothing grand. I ended up mixing it all with a jar of moist Tilbury, about 60/40 and then after a few weeks the RDH actually came through and added a distinct depth to the Tilbury.

    I'm glad I got it for cheap, I couldn't imagine spending $50 on a vintage tin, expecting heaven on Earth, only to find out a tiny pinhole or bad seal had destroyed what it once was. I understand why people lay that kind of loot on the old discontinued blends, but it's a total gamble on how the tobacco has been preserved and aged.

    On my tin of RDH it had been rusted on the inside and the seal was compromised probably a long time ago, so it certainly wasn't half the tobacco it was when fresh.

    Then again, you never really know. I was stunned when I saw this old tin of Sweet Crop that the famous John Loring had dug up somewhere, the cutter-top lid had rusted to the top and he had to open it on the bottom with a can opener!!!
    http://www.loringpage.com/attpipes/tobacco-rustedtin.html
    "I smoked another bowl last night, and today I started off with it in a 1928 Dunhill 126 Shell that married delightfully with the medium-light matured virginia blend. I don't know what the blend tasted like in 1955 but notwithstanding the packaging it's a wonderful smoke today.

    And if you showed me the tin & told me the story, I would swear you were a g-d- liar ..."

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    Cruel, cruel fate!

    I'm sorry to hear that.

    I was just discussing the meaning of 'Honeydew' tobaccos with rmbittner last week; apparently, the term indicates a tobacco that has been cased with molasses. (A personal favourite of mine)

    The vintage tobacco game is surely hit and miss. I'm 'living for the moment' at the present time but I would be happy to eventually experiment with the legendary old blends.

    For now it is much nicer to revel in today's bountiful selection.

    When it comes to the old stuff, however, broken seals and rust can break the hardest of hearts.

    Thanks for the link! I'd call him a liar, too. I wouldn't even smoke from a container in that condition...

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    ...here's a few more

    the House of Edgeworth sticker that was on the Erinmore

    Gallaher's RDH insert

    St. Bruno

    Old Larus Edgeworth, it wasn't wrapped in cellophane but the tax seal paper strip had not been broken, it still had a strong molasses type smell and it smoked very well --- I must say that Wessex pretty much damn near nailed this taste with their Burley Slice!


    ...and now for something completely different!


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    I hope people add will add some more photos to this thread, but i went ahead and searched a little around the PM forum and found a few I'll post here. Hopefully this won't ruffle any feathers, I credit the photos to the person who posted them...

    vintage Stanwell by kcvet67


    Dunbar by dpkrause

    Mr. B's Rise and Shine by juozapas

    McClelland's Christmas Cheer 1996 by backdoorhippie

    GL Pease Jack Knife Plug by romeowood

    Fusilier's Ration by lordnoble

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    Clan by letsgodowntherabbithole



    Revelation by pawpaw

    St. James Flake by OTD

    Erik Stokkebye 4th Generation 1957 Blend by hfearly

    C&D's Captain Bob's Ship's Mate Blend by captainbob

    Penzance by Spartan

    SG 1792 Flake by papipeguy

    Peterson's Perfect Plug by OTD

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    Want to see what Mac Baren Golden Extra looks like after a good tin baking?

    Have a look here:
    http://13pipe.blogspot.com/search/label/Golden%20Blend

    ...it looks alot darker, reminds me that I need to try this as I smoke a good bit of GE, could it even taste more toasty than it already does?!?!?

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    Three Nuns by hnryclay

    Three Nuns by kasbah

    Escudo by romeowood



    GH&C Brown Happy Bogie by hiplainsdrifter

    GH&Co Best Brown #2 by rcstan

    Balkan Sobranie (Germain's) by choch

    GL Pease Navigator by Gray

    GLP a-go-go by undecagon

    NYPC Jack's Shanty by romeowood

    Colts Gold DeLuxe by juozapas


    This ain't tobacco, but my God man, yes! Dunhill did indeed invent the sandblasted pipe, this one is a 1924 Magnum, from the collection of cumberland

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    A truly great post! I enjoyed it immensely.

    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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    Neil Archer Roan has some outstanding pictures of old tobacco and tins on his website a passion for pipes.

    Suffering from a serious case of "EPARD", also known as the Estate Pipe Acquisition and Restoration Disorder.
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    Great pics, thanks for sharing them.

    Harris
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    This thread is AWESOME!!! Thanks

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    drooling all over my ipad.

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    Some of those flakes look so amazing!!!

    Here is some flake I picked up from my local B&M called "bulls eye flake" I am told it may or actually is "PS LBF" I did my best with my girls good camera.

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    Amazing. Wow. Blown away. Please keep 'em coming.

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    That brown happy bogie!! What in the world! Looks so tasty, slice off as needed or what

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    Here is some "Black Gold Plus" I picked up an oz sample from a local cigar shop and have been trying to make it last!!

    I didn't get it from this dealer but they have this description on a tobacco of the same name: "Our rare fired cured Green River Burley, hand blended with Virginia Flake"

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    Some nice looking tobacco.

    "To Learn Who Rules You, Find Out Who You Can't Criticize" Voltaire

    "The pipe draws wisdom from the lips of the philosopher, and shuts up the mouth of the foolish; it generates a style of conversation, contemplative, thoughtful, benevolent, and unaffected..."
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    I just want to try them all!

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    I wonder how many people (non pipe smokers, of course) would consider all of us really geeky for enjoying posts like this.
    I can hear the comments: "Man, they're so weird they ogle pictures of their tobacco blends!"

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    Well, here is my personal favorite!
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    mouth watering here guys. this could start tad very quickly.

    mike.

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    "wonder how many people (non pipe smokers, of course) would consider all of us really geeky for enjoying posts like this.
    I can hear the comments: "Man, they're so weird they ogle pictures of their tobacco blends!""

    Let them think what they want; some of these should be in centerfolds!

    "I'm always easy to please since I'm always satisfied with the very best." - Oscar Wilde
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    Great thread, misterlowercase--kudos!
    Wonderful to see all those tobacco porn pics from the vault. I'll add a sneak peek at one of my little side projects: the opening of a tin of circa 1960 Cope's Escudo at last summer's NY Pipe Club picnic. The hand model was lestrout, photo credit goes to Patrick Grant. I'm still working on a more accurate dating of the tin, but I've narrowed it to late 1950's / early 1960 based on the tin art and wording, printing process, tin size, and company address listing. Jon Guss has been invaluable in this department, and has gone to absurd lengths on the topic of dating Sobranie--check him out in Neil Roan's blog.

    [Edit: can't tell if this blasted link is working.]

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    Hey, A pic I took made it, lol! I'll add some more here (I have an order coming in)

    I like this

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    A pic of McConnell's Scottish Cake

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    No one can say; "This thread is useless without pics."

    This is one of my favorite threads now.

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    Cortez: Miss Sothron already calls me a "pipe geek" and refers to this place as "pipe geek dot com".

    (I then remind her that she attends both chicken and rabbit shows...)

    LOVE this thread.

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    This might be the best thread yet. Got to get my pipe.

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    Cool! I'm glad this thread is building up!

    Esoterica Tilbury


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    Let's try this again...
    Oh good lord, I'm about to toss this computer into the moat.

    Eidt: There ya go Romeo... It's good to see you posting. L.

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    Is that escudo? Those coins look tasty

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    That's no Escudo. That's a space station!

    Look how dark it is...

    Thanks for taking the time to post these pics ladies and gents.

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    Thanks Lawrence! I've returned from the land of all work and no play.
    That's a tin of circa 1960 Cope's Escudo. The hand model was lestrout, photo credit goes to Patrick Grant. Opening this tin was quite a rush, and everyone agreed that it was a transcendental smoke. Even a confirmed aro smoker (and vaper hater) went bonkers over it.

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    I know. I was riffing on Star Wars.

    Out of curiosity how dry was it? Sounds like a fantastic experience.

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    Damn!!!!
    romeowood, thanks for posting that, I bet it was transcendental, even moreso because it was shared amongst the brothers for a grand smoke!

    I found a neat brief little article that's pretty cool, googtrans from German:
    ......What is escudo?.....
    .............................

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    Here's an oddball.
    I came across an old sealed cutter-top of State Express 777 cigarettes and the price was so low that I couldn't pass them up. I thought I'd try and break them open to smoke, and I did smoke a few bowls, but this stuff is strong, very tart and also peppery like perique. I have no idea what type of tobacco went into this blend, possibly some strange Turkish or Oriental, but I was amazed at how stout 'n zesty it was!





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    Wow. A cigarette made with real tobacco. Don't see those much anymore...

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    That is cool! They look really good.

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    Luxury Bullseye Flake. One of the more interesting looking tobaccos, I think.

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    Another tin of St. Bruno, this stuff much older than the 80's one I had earlier, and in fine shape against all the years!

    And an extremely rare 1oz. foil packet from way back when, I was very surprised how well this stuff held up, being only protected by cardboard and thick foil!

    Finally, a glorious gift from PM member klause, he's from Ireland and was most generous to kindly send this my way, along with a 50g pouch of Yachtsman Plug too, I ain't opened that one yet though.
    I cannot thank him enough!


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    Oh yeah, I posted that other 80's St. Bruno in another thread,
    it was a case of Briar Bid TAD!
    http://pipesmagazine.com/forums/topic/briarbid-st-bruno-tad
    here's those pix:

    old vs. new

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    I want try plug and flake so bad

    I Am what I Am
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    How in the hell did I miss this thread?!?! Awesome, awesome thread!

    BLACKBLOODs for life...just please keep making Black House!
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    Kevin had the honors at KC 2012 in opening a tin of Aristocrat.

    What the hell is Aristocrat?
    Damned if I know!


    The answer?
    Not easy to come by!
    We also had a surprise... one of our tablemates in the tent had a tin from Benadaret's of San Francisco, CA, in its mailing package, dating to 1967. The blend name was Aristocrat. It took the combined efforts of Brian Levine, Greg Peace, Mike McNeil, AND a phone call to Marty Pulvers, to deduce what the blend was and who had manufactured it!
    http://pipesmagazine.com/forums/topic/2012-kansas-city-show-report

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    This thread alone makes it well worth being a member of this forum.

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    Peter Stokkebye Luxury Bullseye Flake by Eric

    Peter Stokkebye Luxury Twist Flake by Squat Bulldog

    Mac Baren ODF by bentmike

    Peter Stokkebye 4th Generation - 1931 Flake by hfearly

    Rattray Marlin Flake by thesmokindragon

    1 lb box SG FVF by William

    GH&Co. Rum Flake by jpberg

    Penzance by hfearly

    Penzance by shotokun16

    Davidoff Danish Mixture by hfearly

    Mac Baren ODF by tjameson

    C&D Captain Bob's Blend freshly mixed in his kitchen by captainbob

    Stonehaven by gwtwdbss

    Dunhill London Mixture in a Dunhill Shell Briar by kashmir

    Kentucky Burley by Durham

    Uhle's Crushed White Burley by sallow

    McClelland Legends by thejavaman

    vintage TAD by kasbah

    A very inviting table at KC 2012 by Kevin

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    Gotta say I absolutely love this thread.

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    I recently found an old tin of Dobie's Blend No. 7, as I said on this thread
    http://pipesmagazine.com/forums/topic/ye-olde-united-kingdom-tobacco-tins-pictorial-massive-images-
    and it's already got here, pretty quick, it came from Huntsville Alabama, close to me...I had no idea what to expect, not knowing anything about the blend, well, I just opened it and discovered it's a Latakia blend, it still has a strong aroma, it was really cool to smell the stuff upon opening, but it's bone-dry and I got it re-hydrating right now, the bacca itself seemed in good condition, no mold, but compressed like a cake over the years, the tin is rather odd, not a screw seal, but just a ridge, and it popped open rather easily, although it might not be "real" Dobie, it wasn't made in Scotland, but in Great Britain, I dunno, I also have no idea of the time period this came from, hardly any Dobie's info out there, anyways, this is what it looks like:
    (pictures from the seller of the tin are in the other thread I linked to)


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    From left to right. Comoy's #7, LBF, Newminster Superior Flake and MacBaren Roll Cake Spun Cut.

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    Thanks You guys I enjoyed this immensely.

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    Best thread ever! Thanks misterlowercase. Outstanding presentations one and all.

    The pipe eases you into the present moment - savor your pipe & you'll savor this moment.
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    I came across an old sealed cutter-top of State Express 777 cigarettes.

    Misterlowercase, what stores do you frequent that involves something as casual sounding as "coming across" a sealed tin of 777 cigarettes?

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    Well, yes indeed, those 777's are scarce I reckon. I found 'em online, $12.75 shipped, the seller said she found 'em on a roadtrip --- I guess stuff like this is still layin' around old dusty haunts somewhere!

    I've posted a vintage tin heads-up here regarding some cheap John Cotton's once with the link where to find it and a PM brother ended up scoring it, I was broke as a hobo at the time, but felt the need to pass along the info.

    There's stuff out there all over the place, yet even in the most heavily traffic'd joints, one can still find a good bargain, like say a $5 Dunhill on eBay?!?!?
    England made Smoking Pipe
    ...sure the nomenclature is fairly worn, but it's legible and the pipe has cleaned up right nicely, a classic 1966 shape 40 lovat!

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    In todays mailbox, I received a couple more old tins I picked up on the cheapie cheap. These are small 1oz size tins which are kinda neat. I don't know why Erinmore keeps knockin' on my door, but it seems she always somehow finds a way to me, this time in the form of mixture. It doesn't have near the potent aroma I experienced with the flake version from 70's Murray's, more subdued entirely, but its darkened so much over the years that it almost looks like Latakia!



    :
    ...but what I was really interested in was this rarely seen Sinclair's Navy Cut, just having the little tin makes me happy, but to see the secret of what was inside also tickled me pink, within the tin were curlies, cut nearly paper thin, kind of an odd nose, but otherwise from being dry, it's in pretty good looks.




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    Beautiful pics! How old is that Balkan Sobranie?

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    ...hard to say, usually the back of the tin has an address, my tin did not, so I'm speculating that it may have been a transition tin during the move?

    Going by the insert address of 17 worship St., it dates to 1960-1968, and if it is indeed a transition tin, then it'd be '67 or '68.

    Sometimes it's simply impossible to really know on a concrete date, the closest guess goes to certain periods.

    Here's the tin:

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    Fantastic photos, love this thread.
    Are tobaccos in jars still sealed of any interest?

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    Are tobaccos in jars still sealed of any interest?

    Yes please!

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    Great. I have a Large Jar of Herbert Tareyton Smoking Mixture (seal intact ) from a Southwestern Ontario Tobacconist that went out of business in 1959. The owners nephew had kept some of the original contents of the store in his garage for many years until he decided to sell a couple of items.
    I was lucky enough to get the Jar of Herbert Tareyton Tobacco along with a Mayflower Churchwarden Pipe in the original box, and a tin of Holiday Tobacco ( seal intact ). All of this is pre-1959. I also have a picture of the inside of the Tobacconist Store.



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    Wow. Some eye popping photos for sure! Thanks everyone for posting and special thanks to Troy who himself is a real treasure here at PM Forums

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    Fantastic, keep the photos coming. There's some really hard to find blends in this thread that look amazingly delicious.

    It's good sportsmanship to not pick up lost golf balls while they are still rolling---Mark Twain
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    This may be a stupid question, but I've never had a tin that was more than 3 years old. The white stuff I'm seeing on some of these tobaccos, is it mold or some kind of crystallized sugar?

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    @petes03 I could be wrong but I think that's crystallization that happens on some Perique blends. Brian mentioned it in last night's episode. Not sure if it will happen with other non-aromatic blends as I typically only smoke aromatics.

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