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The Ultimate Vintage T.A.D Attack!!

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  • Started 2 years ago by condorlover1
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  1. condorlover1

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    I can never resist a bargain and I can equally never resist a can of vintage tobacco. Usually when I come across these 'cutter' top cans I send them off to a chum of mine who likes to do tastings of what I describe as 'old stuff' whilst some others on here would describe as rare unicorn turds! As you are all probably well aware, through the kindness and generosity of a few members on here we were able to source a few specimens of the original 'War Horse Bar' for our little project which aroused such passions and heated debate. So you can imagine my delight when the item below showed up on that well known auction site for fake Dunhill pipes. We have in the past had a reasonable number of late 1970s red plastic shrink wrapped War Horse Bars that had surfaced from an Irish fellow who was selling off the contents of his Uncles corner shop that had been closed up since 1980.These were very similar in look and feel to the current Condor Plugs that are still available with the exception of having the words 'War Horse' stamped on them. Then this surfaced. An original, sealed, unopened factory pack of 8 original War Horse Bars in the red paper wrappers with silver paper and cellophane as delivered to a corner store from the factory circa early 1970s with the recommended price on the packages outer wrapper! Enjoy.

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  2. condorlover1

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    Here is a better shot of the whole package literally as it left the factory and was delivered to the local corner shop. As an after thought the price of 34 1/2 p indicates this was packed after decimal currency was introduced in 1971 and that would have been equal to the equivalent USD $0.69 cents at the time!

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  3. voorhees

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    Oh my. What a find. So, what are your plans for it?

    Jason
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  4. condorlover1

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    To look at it lovingly!

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  5. mortonbriar

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    That IS exciting! When you are done your loving looking, be sure to take photos of the bar itself!

    I don't really care if the cup is half full or half empty, I just want something to sip on.
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    To look at it lovingly!

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  7. pagan

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    Cool find

    Nowhere in the world will such a brotherly feeling of confidence be experienced as amongst those who sit together smoking their pipes
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  8. mayfair70

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    Excellent score !!

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  9. mothernaturewilleatusallforbreakfast

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    Great score!

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    Excellent Simon!!! Road tar from the 70's.

    Ubi Ignis Est?
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    That is a pretty cool find!

    "If you resolve to give up smoking, drinking and sex, you don't actually live longer; it just seems that way."
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  12. condorlover1

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    Tim I'm telling once you have discovered road tar there is no going back! Its sort of like those 'crack pipes' I mean Falcon Pipes that you and that 'German' seem to enjoy retro-engineering into even shorter 'crack pipes' I mean pipes...... well sort of pipes!!

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  13. jerwynn

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    Omg!!!

    Excellent Simon!!! Road tar from the 70's.

    “Deep peace of the running wave to you.
 Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
 Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
 Deep peace of the shining stars to you.
    Deep peace of the infinite peace to you." - Fiona Macleod
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    How excellent for you and those of us you'll be sending a pouch to! Soooo looking forward to the experience.

    Great score, Simon, and enjoy the hell out of it....

    I know that you believe you understood what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.
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    Simon, that's my fear. The smell of asphalt in the morning......it smells like victory War Horse!!!

    Having had my fun with that...I actually like War Horse and Pig Tail type fare, I'm just a nic sissy.

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    WHAT THE WHAT!? NICE SCORE! I'm...I'm speachless....

    Oh how I would love to sample one of those plugs to compare it to the current versions. Hint hint, wink wink...

    P.S. The title threw me off, shouldn't it be T.A.D instead of P.A.D? I'm probably really throwing away any chance I may or may not have had of sampling one of those plugs... damn it!

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    An original, sealed, unopened factory pack of 8 original War Horse Bars in the red paper wrappers with silver paper and cellophane as delivered to a corner store from the factory circa early 1970s

    “Bipartisan usually means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out.” – George Carlin
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    Hawky, I believe Simon did a Freudian slip. He knows it really is Pavement Acquisition Disorder, but tries to pass it off as tobacco.

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    Simon, super nice paper weight and a truly metaphysically appropriate acquisition for you. The vintage "Made In The People's Republic Of China" stamps are a nice added bonus.

    It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt. - Mark Twain

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    Hawky, I believe Simon did a Freudian slip. He knows it really is Pavement Acquisition Disorder, but tries to pass it off as tobacco

    Mmmmmmm... pavement!

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    That looks awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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    Are you going to leave it bundled up as shown in the pics?

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  23. condorlover1

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    Thank you for your interest. There are a number of possibilities as to what could be done with this rare acquisition. I could rehydrate each of the bars and then slowly smoke my way through the only one of its kind and make you lot watch by posting the occasional update picture of my progress. I could put the package in a glass case in a very small room and sit and look at it whilst playing with myself. I could give out seven bars to my seven best friends in the whole world. On second thoughts thats just a really bad idea so lets scratch that one. I could sell each bar off through Pipe Stud thus netting a fabulous profit and paying an equally great commission and then take the cash and with my new found riches trawl the world for another package of War Horse Bars. My general inclination is to do very little of anything other than use pictures of the bundle on the company website.

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  24. stvalentine

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    Falcon Pipes that you and that 'German' seem to enjoy

    Do I hear someone calling my name?

    "Ride it like you stole it!"

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    Yeah, if you open the package it will never be the same again.

    I'd say it's a truly unique artifact you've got right there.

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    Simon I was kind of hoping you would leave the bundle as it is. Hell it's been close to 50 years since it was made. Lots of photos with similar pieces from the era would be too cool.

    Stan
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  27. hawky454

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    Ah hell. You all can look at pictures of pipe tobacco all day long on the internet. Pipe tobacco is for smoking not for looking at. How bout you send them my way and I'll take fabulous pictures of them and send em to you while I sit back and enjoy the smoke those lil plugs produce.

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  28. condorlover1

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    Hawky454 it will be a major project to rehydrate these plugs. I am not saying it cannot be done as I did it with one of the original War Horse samples we had which gave out that delightful 'old meter cupboard and musty rain coat' taste in the retro-inhale when smoked. Knowing now what I know about the composition of these plugs you also have to be very careful since they have a way of developing their own colonies of penicillin when rehydrated. Dan had to run one through an S&S Plane to remove the mold on one that was sent down to crash dummy I mean Jim Inks for comparison with the new SToP version in his review. Lets not even talk about mouse piss here on the late 1970s War Horse Bars since out of a complete box we were able to salvage and rehydrate just two bars the rest having been eaten by Irish mice in the ensuing 40 odd years. Tobacco archeology was never going to be easy when you are trying to do the pipe tobacco equivalent of Jurassic Park!

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  29. sablebrush52

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    Dan had to run one through an S&S Plane to remove the mold on one that was sent down to crash dummy I mean Jim Inks for comparison with the new SToP version in his review.

    Well, that explains Jim's hallucinations at the time.

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  30. sablebrush52

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    Lets not even talk about mouse piss here on the late 1970s War Horse Bars

    Ahh! That's why they taste like Jack In The Box secret sauce!

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    Great score Simon - glad you guys got it.

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  32. hawky454

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    I understand! I'm just messin with ya! Whether ya smoke em or synthesize LSD with them or just keep them to look at is up to you, just as long is it makes you happy, I'll be happy. : )

    Posted 2 years ago #
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    HOLY CARP!!

    You can synthesize LSD with them?!?

    Nate @ Moody AL
    Posted 2 years ago #
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    Just fondle them and call them my "Precious"....

    "the weez"...
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    Nice pick up there.

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    That is a wondrous and moving sight!

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    HOLY CARP!!

    Nate, you thought you were posting on your aquatics forum didn't you? I bet someone over there at fishtankforum.com is puzzled as to why you told them to 'stick that in your pipe and smoke it'.

    On a related and equally irrelevant rabbit trail, one time I got my friends little fish tank pump up and running again, partly by running pipe cleaners through the gunked up parts...

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  38. condorlover1

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    Well gents thank you for all your kind comments on my most interesting find. If and when I decide to rehydrate these bars I will be sure to let everyone know!

    Posted 2 years ago #
  39. wyfbane

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    That really is an amazing find. Congrats!

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  40. deathmetal

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    New heirloom!

    "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
    Posted 2 years ago #

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