Tuesday Tobacco Tuesday

TAVERN TOBACCO TUESDAY – PIPES: Tavern keepers kept white clay pipes on hand in large quantities, and the customers paid for both the use of the pipe and the tobacco, which was sold by the quarter pound. The patron did not keep the pipe. After his smoke, the pipe was returned to the proprietor. The inventory of one tavern keeper included four boxes of pipes, six gross of new pipes and a number of “dirty and burnt tobacco pipes.”  According to tavern historian Kym Rice, “despite the low cost of replacements, tavern keepers did break off pipe stems for reuse.”

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