Recently we revisited an old post on the Yale Co-op. Back in 2011 it was followed by this post mentioning The Owl Shop, the tobacconist serving the Yale community, so let’s light up this 2011 puff piece again.
Frequent comment-leaver and one-time contributor Old School has dug up a 1962 Owl Shop catalog:
Keeping with this pipes-and-college theme, the brand Kaywoodie used to sell an entry-level pipe aimed at students called the Campus. Here’s a store display whose selling point is that the pipe “accents the male look”:
Next up, a shot from the 1959 pipe contest from the LIFE archives:
Apparel Arts campus image from the ’30s or ’40s:
Pipesmoking was once so popular that virtually any major men’s retailer offered them. I’ve had pipes by Brooks Brothers and Abercrombie & Fitch. They were good wood, but had annoying gimmicks like metal screw-in stems. Not pleasant to draw smoke over hot metal. Here’s a pipe by LL Bean:
Our parting shot is a work of art by Denmark’s Peter Stokebbye.
Consider taking up the pipe. There was a famous study in the ’60s which found that pipesmokers actually live longer than non-smokers. It sounds like a paradoxical riddle, but there’s a sound reason for it: the kind of man who smokes a pipe is low in other risk factors that contribute to early mortality. — CC