203. K&P on the London Stage, 1893: “Mary Ann Maginty (Smoking Song)”

Three years before K&P’s first catalog and three years after Charles Peterson’s first patent, the Peterson Patent Pipe made its debut on the London music hall stage in E. W. Rogers’s “Mary Ann McGinty (Smoking Song).” Edwin William Rogers (1863-1913) was a fairly prolific English songwriter for music hall performers at the end of the

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202. The 2020 Christmas Pipes

If ever there was a year Santa needs to be on time, it’s 2020. Pipe smokers are better equipped than most to cope with stress, of course, but I can’t think of a year with so many imponderables, perplexities and no-win scenarios. In that mix, of course, are the absence of all the little daily

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200. Giocomo Penzo’s “Lee Van Cleef” 309 Dutch Billiard

In 1979 actor Lee Van Cleef went to Dublin to make The Hard Way, an Irish hitman film, starring Patrick McGoohan of Danger Man and The Prisoner fame.  Van Cleef, celebrated by cineastes for his spaghetti westerns in the 1960s and 70s, is also held in special regard by pipemen for his roles in Sergio

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199. A Chat with Giacomo Penzo, Peterson’s Pipe Specialist

by Adam O’Neill translated by Federica Bruno from the Italian Giacomo Penzo, the man behind the G. Penzo Pipes, is known for a hybrid approach to pipemaking — using his background in industrial design to craft a tool designed to work efficiently, but also one which exudes a sense of stylistic character. Be it Danish-inspired

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