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Roach1

Starting to Get Obsessed
Nov 25, 2023
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Germany
My Grandfather smoked Half and Half in Drugstore pipes. My uncle IRC Ebony and Captain Black. My father smoked Parodi Cigars,chewed and dipped.
 
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Sandblast

Might Stick Around
My dad was a long time cig smoker .... Marlboros. Sadly, they killed him age 66.

My grandfather (father's side) lived to age 76. Aunts said he'd only light one cig a day, that being the first one as soon as he got up in the morning, then simply used one to light another all day. In their house, there were always ashtrays at the kitchen table & "the adults" (IIRC) commonly smoked even during meals.

My other grandfather (mother's side) began smoking age 8. Told me he mostly smoked cigs then with whatever tobacco he & his buddies could scrounge, even harsh homegrown stuff. I think he also began smoking pipes at a young age. Worked for the telephone company, spent years up on telephone poles stringing wire. Told me he smoked Bugle tobacco, those little bags with a drawstring, and could roll his own cigs with one hand while hanging on to the poles. He gave up the cigs in his 50's (heart problems) but kept smoking a pipe. Had smoked many different types of pipes (always Billiards until he switched to Canadians) & in his younger years smoked various tobaccos, including his interesting story about trying pure perique. But what I remember, for many years, was that he only smoked Edgeworth Ready Rubbed, both in the pouches & the cans. Said he couldn't smoke aros because he inhaled, a carryover from many years of cig smoking. He ordered 7 new pipes (Dr Grabow or Yello-bole or John Rolfe) every New Year. Had a rack for a 7-day rotation. Smoked (example) his Monday pipe all day, many bowls, then it went into the rack until the following Monday to "dry out". Upon receiving his new shipment of pipes each January, the last year's pipes (which he claimed were "all burnt out", which I don't really believe because he took such good care of his pipes) were then "consigned" to his coal burning stove in his garage, right next to his workbench. Seemed to me like a fitting end to those pipes, although I wish I now had them. My sentiment & nostalgia for our friendship .... our thousands of games of Checkers, always with his pipe going .... carries on today with my pipe racks holding 5 wonderful Canadians .... my "tribute" to him.
 

newbroom

Lifer
Jul 11, 2014
6,119
6,665
Florida
My maternal Grandfather, Herb, used to take out this block of tobacco and a jackknife and carve off a pipeload into his hand, and rub it out some and load it into his pipe. The baccy was Days 'o Work.
Dad typically smoked Camels and Luckies, and sometimes a pipe, but I don't know if he had a favorite blend.
 
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pappymac

Lifer
Feb 26, 2015
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My grandfather smoked George Washington until he couldn't buy it anymore and then smoked Carter Hall.
My dad was a cigarette smoker.
 
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auskip07

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Feb 26, 2024
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Great posts! My grandfather was a boat builder after the Navy and I have reason to believe that he smoked a pipe daily and worked with it in his teeth. The type of man that I'm sure there were a lot of coming from depression era kids who had 1 pipe and had no need for multiple of anything in his life.
 
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Kobold

Lifer
Feb 2, 2022
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Maryland
My dad smoked anything. Loved menthol cigarettes, swisher sweet cigars, and cherry pipe tobacco.
My grandfather smoked during the war so I guess whatever was packed into his rations. After the war he quit and became strongly anti tobacco in spite of nearly everyone in my family being heavy smokers. Here’s his cigarette case that he used back then:image.jpgimage.jpg
 

Sparcdude

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Feb 9, 2023
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New Hampshire
My grandfather smoked SWR or Carter Hall- he wasn’t too fond of aromatics. I learned the “stuff and puff” method from him, and it’s served me well all these years.

My father was strictly a cigarette smoker.
 

WerewolfOfLondon

Can't Leave
Jun 8, 2023
467
1,567
London
I only knew one grandparent, my dad's mum, and she smoked Carroll's, the most popular cigarette in Ireland. She smoked ten of those a day and lived to 84. My old man smoked Golden Virginia, RYO, he must have done about 30 of those devils a day, inevitably, died of lung cancer at 66. Had three uncles who smoked a pipe, one St Bruno, another I believe Erinmore, the other, not sure.
 

edger

Lifer
Dec 9, 2016
2,995
22,391
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Mayer AZ
My maternal grandfather smoked Condor and Edgeworth Slice. Paternal grandfather smoked cigars until he became a Christian Scientist.
 

Peter Turbo

Lifer
Oct 18, 2021
1,191
8,467
CT, USA
I think my grandfather smoked a variety, found an old MacBaren Plumcake tin and old Bells Three Nuns, still had the price tag on the back. $1.49 for a 4oz tin, made in Scotland too so it was probably still the VaPer blend. Crazy, today its $20 for 50 grams and its not even the same blend, made with less expensive components at that lol.
 
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Cloozoe

Part of the Furniture Now
Sep 1, 2023
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My grandfathers both fled the scene prior to my birth. My father owned three pipes, all smoked, but I never saw him smoke one. His exclusive tobacco of choice was Marlboro Red in the box. The ones in the soft pack were a hair longer and a touch less firmly packed.

🎶Come to wheeeere...
The flavor iiiiiiisss.....🎶
 

Sobrbiker

Lifer
Jan 7, 2023
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28,283
Casa Grande, AZ
Which blend? I'm a great fan of "3 Star Blue"! It's one of the three blends I'm never without. My understanding, need to reconfirm with Kevin, is it's one of their biggest selling blends. Been around for years.
He stopped smoking a pipe while I was in early grade school (mid seventies), and went to cigars.
I remember the stars, and want to say either red or blue, but I’m not sure.
When I saved his pipes from his garage in late ‘22 he was already over 90 and hit and miss on his memory, and last I visited (Sept ‘23) I asked again to no avail. He just liked me smoking with him on the porch so he could smell what I was smoking.
 
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huntertrw

Lifer
Jul 23, 2014
5,274
5,515
The Lower Forty of Hill Country
My paternal grandfather smoked Half and Half (American Tobacco Company) and Prince Albert (R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company), and to my young nose both smelled delightful!

I am told that my maternal grandfather (who died well before I was born) smoked Briggs Pipe Mixture (P. Lorillard Company). In my collection I have a Briggs barrel just like the one pictured here:
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