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From: ????????????????????????
Subject: Pipes Digest #94 - January 30, 1993

		 Pipes Digest #94 - January 30, 1993

For once this week, we have no new members! But we do have a new
service of the Pipes Digest, a *long* list of new pipe resources, and
an historical note on the military use of Latakia... read on! -S.

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From: John Perry <??????????????????>
Subject: Pipes digest

	Is it possible to get back copies of the Pipes digest?  I have
issues #81 - 93, and would be interested in reading previous issues as
well.  Are these available for anonymous FTP?
	I really admire the style with which you run the digest.  I look
forward to receiving my copy each week, and invariably enjoy reading
it.  Thank you very much for offering it.  I hope you can keep it up
for a long, long time to come!
-- 
John Perry      ??????????????????      ..!destroyer!netmeg!ohriman!jep

[ Well thanks, John! And yes, back issues are available. I put
together a shellscript to mail selected back issues. To other readers:
drop me a line if you need them. -S. ]


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From: "Todd Yeager" <????????????????>
Subject:   Mail order resources

This note contains a list of pipe/tobacco/cigar stores that operate at least
partially as a catalog mail order supplier.  The list was taken from the
_Directory of Mail Order Catalogs_ (publication date 1990 or 1991).  Since
the info is a couple of years old now, it's possible that some addresses or
phone numbers have changed or ceased to exist.


ANDREW MARKS PIPEMAKER
Mill Street
Middlebury, VT 05753
802-388-3177


BODA PIPES
106 Main Street
PO Box 828
Pickens, SC 29671
803-878-4012


IWAN RIES & CO
17 South Wabash
Chicago, IL 60603
312-372-1306
800-621-1457

Pipes, tobacco, cigars, smoker's accessories
AE, CB, MC, VISA
Free brochure available


KIRSTEN PIPE CO.
PO Box 70526
Seattle, WA 98107
206-783-0700

Pipes and accessories.  AE, VISA, MC
Free brochure available.


LEPELTIER CLAY PIPES FROM VERMONT
PO Box 61
East Fairfield, VT 05448
800-827-3840

Handmade clay pipes.  MC, VISA
Free brochure available.


PIMO
PO Box 59211
Chicago, IL 60659
312-743-6363

Smoking pipe materials, tools, and repair kits.  VISA,
MC.


PIPE WORKS
18 West 55th Street
New York, NY 10019
212-664-0665

Pipes and supplies.  AE, MC, VISA


S BRANT IMPORTS
PO Box 362
Woodbury, NY 11797
516-692-4999

Danish pipes.  Free brochure available.


ALFRED DUNHILL OF LONDON
60 E. 56th Street
New York, NY 10022
212-888-4000
800-331-1750

Smoking accessories and related leather items.  AE VISA
MC.
Annual brochure available.


GEORGETOWN TOBACCO AND PIPE STORE
3144 M Street NW
Washington, DC 20007
202-338-5100

Tobacco, cigars, pipes, and smoking accessories.
AE VISA MC


NAT SHERMAN CO.
711 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10022
212-751-9100
800-257-7850

Pipes, cigars, cigarettes, tobacco, and lighters.
AE DC VISA MC
Semi annual brochure available.


DANIELS TOBACCO CO. INC.
450 Clinton Street
PO Box 920
Woonsocket, RI 02895
401-762-2467


FAMOUS SMOKE SHOP
55 W. 39th Street
New York, NY 10018
212-221-1408
800-672-5544

Cigars. Free brochure available.
MC VISA


FRED STOKER AND SONS
PO Box 707
Dresden, TN 38250
901-364-3754

Free brochure available.


JOSEPH ORMAN
1636 Kings Hwy.
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
609-429-6005

Imported hand made cigars.  Free brochure.
DC VISA MC


OLD CHICAGO SMOKE SHOP
169 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL
312-236-9771
800-621-1453

Cigars.  Free brochure
AE VISA MC


PETER'S SMOKE SHOP
Main Street
Sharon, CT 06069

Cigars, pipes and tobacco.


THOMPSON CIGAR CO
5401 Hanger Court
Tampa, FL  33601
813-884-6344

Cigars, pipes and accessories
Free brochure available.


WALLY FRANK LTD
63-25 69th Street
Middle Village, NY 11379
718-326-2233

Smoking and tobacco products.
AE MC VISA

[ Wow, Todd! Thanks for the excellent effort! I'll integrate this with
the Resource Guide. -S. ]


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From: ?????????????????
Subject: Heroic Pipes

NEIL MURRAY (no Internet address) wrote:
 
> Now, this may come as a shock to
> those who only buy Savenilli Signatures, but Medico and Grabow do sell a
> fairly decent pipe.  

I should say so!  There'll be no bad-mouthing Dr. Grabows in this list, not
if I have anything to say about it.  A Dr. Grabow pipe saved the life of 
one of my ancestors.  

It was my great-uncle, Zachariah Thacker.  Uncle Zack was an impetuous
young man, so when American announced its entry into the World War (which
is what they called World War I at the time; obviously, WWII hadn't
happened yet.  If it had, then it wouldn't have been WWII, eh?) he
immediately volunteered.

I'd love to tell you the whole story about how he managed to pass the
medical despite the fact that a childhood accident with a threshing machine
had left his left leg some four inches shorter than his right.  But this
is the Pipe Digest, so I'll stick to the point, which is that just before
he shipped out his fiance' presented him with a Dr. Grabow filter-stem and
two ounces of Tinder Box Anniversary blend(*).  She teased that the horrid
cherry stench ought to chase those perfume-drenched French girls away from
him. 8-)

	(*) It's a little-known fact that The Tinder Box hasn't produced its 
	Anniversary blend since 1909.  There were bumper crops of tobacco
	and cherries that year, so they mixed up "a batch," and have been
	selling it ever since.  

As you might imagine, Uncle Zack was none too fond of mechanical equipment.
It was therefore inevitable that he would be assigned to the newly-formed
Tank Corps,   After a few weeks of training, he was given the job of
driving one of the new French-built Renault FT-17's, a two-man light tank
carrying a small cannon.  Of course at this point in the war there were no
Americans with tank experience, so the Army decided that, for their first
battle, the new tankers should be accompanied by veteran French tank
soldiers.  My uncle was paired up with Lt. Jacques Aulantirn, who knew the
Renault inside and out, in addition to being a skilled tank commander and 
a clever tactician.  Unfortunately, Jacques spoke no English, and Uncle
Zack knew no French.

Still, they learned to communicate after a fashion, and soon gained a
reputation as the best tank crew in the unit.  It sort of happened by
accident; Uncle Zack's short left foot kept slipping off the left clutch 
when the tank would hit a bump, so the tank would swerve to the right.  His
tank would thus zig-zag across rough ground; the rest of the unit though 
this was a carefully-practiced evasive maneuver!  

Finally, the day came when Uncle Zack's unit was sent forward to help
press the attack on Soissons. Just before noon my uncle's unit rolled 
forward into the attack.  At first, progress was good, but soon the German
artillery began to take a toll on Uncle Zack's battalion; by two o'clock only
a third of the tanks were still advancing.  It was at that point that fate
stepped in.  

The French decided to support the attack with gas shells, hoping to catch
the Germans unprepared.  An inopportune change in the wind brought that gas
back toward the Allied lines, and the tanks drove straight into it.
Jacques saw the cloud and knew what it meant; he immediately shouted
"Gasse!" to Uncle Zack and began frantically donning his gas mask.

Battle is chaos, and for inexperienced soldiers, it's an exercise in
confusion.  Who can blame Uncle Zack, then, for assuming that Jacques meant
for him to "hit the gas"?  With the accelerator set wide open, Uncle Zack
careened headlong (with an occasional jolt to the right) into that fog of
death.

The first whiff of gas told my uncle he'd made a mistake, but he thought
quickly.  He knew he'd never be able to put on his gas mask in time; he had
only a few seconds to act.  Instead, he pulled out his Dr. Grabow, which
he'd already packed with tobacco in anticipation of a victory smoke after
the battle.  Clamping it fiercely between his teeth, he breathed in through
the pipe!  And as luck would have it, the combination of the heavy chemical
content of the Anniversary blend and the filter in the pipe stem
counteracted the deadly gas. Uncle Zack made it through, shaken but
alive, with the pipe jutting proudly from his mouth!

Needless to say, he kept that Dr. Grabow handy for the rest of the war;
indeed, it was his constant companion until his untimely death in a freak
sewing machine accident.  They buried that pipe with him.  They had to, 
really, because it was stitched to his hand.  

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Bill Thacker    AT&T Network Systems - Columbus  attmail!att!cbemf!wbt
Quality Engineer      Network Wireless Systems        ?????????????????


[ To innocent bystanders: I sent Bill a short note of appreciation,
the result of which follows. -S. ]


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From: ?????????????????
Subject: Re: Heroic Pipes

> Bill, you're utterly deranged.

Thanks, and same to you!  8-)

I dunno... I have this image of pipe smoking linked to telling stories; a
bunch of guys sitting around a fireplace, smoking pipes and drinking
<beverage of choice>, reminiscing about bygone days and swapping tall
tales.  The digest gets kind of dry when we just talk about smoking, and
this is my way of livening it up a bit.  (I keep hoping that it'll catch on
with other people...)


I realize these stories get a bit long sometimes, and maybe I'm the only
person who thinks they're amusing.  If I get out of control, just let me
know.

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Bill Thacker    AT&T Network Systems - Columbus  attmail!att!cbemf!wbt
Quality Engineer      Network Wireless Systems        ?????????????????

[ I, for one, enjoy your stories a lot! Keep 'em coming! -S. ]


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Article Index

  1. Subject: Pipes Digest #94 - January 30, 1993
  2. Subject: Pipes digest
  3. Subject: Mail order resources
  4. Subject: Heroic Pipes
  5. Subject: Re: Heroic Pipes
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