Monday, April 21, 2014

"The Zaporozhian Cossacks write a letter to the Sultan of Turkey"

"The Zaporozhian Cossacks write a letter to the Sultan of Turkey" by Ilya Repin (1844-1930).

Wikipedia link.

Click to enlarge and see how many pipes you can spot.

Thanks to Books and Art and My Ear-Trumpet.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Where there's fire, there's smoke (rings)

This has nothing to do with pipe-smoking, but I thought it was amusing and interesting.  Sometimes, when everything is just right, a conventional fire (or lightning strike) can generate a natural smoke ring.  Read all about it (with pictures and videos) at Big Black Ring Spotted Over Britain (from Who Forted).

Monday, April 14, 2014

This is old news...

But new to me, because I just found out.

Three Nuns is back in the U.S.

I've looked around, and it's available now from a wide variety of online suppliers.


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Wilhelm Bendz: A Smoking Party

Here we get a glimpse into a home of the Copenhagen Golden Age, where the son of the house (the future Professor Christian J├╝rgensen) has invited his friends to an evening with tobacco pipes and conversation. Bendz was one of the Golden Age’s most ambitious painters, which is also apparent in this work’s complicated shadow effects. Unfortunately his career was cut short when Bendz died, only 28 years old, on the obligatory cultural tour to Italy.
Wilhelm Bendz: A Smoking Party

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Einstein's pipe

Albert Einstein's desk at Princeton University.  Photo taken a few hours after his death. From The Day Albert Einstein Died:  A Photographer's Story at Life Magazine.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Vintage Ad (1947): Westinghouse radios

Vintage Ad (1950s): Three Nuns

Received via email from a reader, who says that he believes this is from a 1950s-era Reader's Digest.

Oh, how I miss Three Nuns!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Monday, February 24, 2014

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Undated photo, Medico pipes

An undated but obviously "vintage" photo of a liquor store, with a sales display of Medico pipes at the upper left.  From Roger Wilkerson.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Pipe smoker quick fix: Gimli

Or at least a character who certainly appears to be Gimli, by artist Adrian Smith.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014