This blog is about my hobby of collecting and smoking pipes. I do not collect the very finest and most expensive pipes. I do not have a large income and I collect the pipes that I can afford. Such is one of the beauties of pipe smoking: there's room for everyone, if you can find your niche.
Did Nicolas Chauvin really exist? Probably not, it seems. Allegedly a French soldier during the Napoleonic era, his extreme nationalistic fervor was just cause for the creation of the word chauvinism, which in its original sense meant an extreme, possibly irrational patriotism similar to jingoism. And which later on, in some languages (such as English), came to describe a denigrating and prejudicial attitude toward women.
In any case, someone, somewhere, created what may well be the most ridiculous-looking portrait of a pipe smoker, ever.