Ladies Up In Smoke; Or, Gentlemen, Smoke At Your Own Risk. Godey's 1863

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JPK Huson 1863

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Pre-war Godey's image illustrating either the foolishness of men smoking tobacco or the danger they stood in, courting ladies' disapproval. Or both.

Not all of us were smitten by tobacco, one of our first cash crops, and its inevitable usage. Topping that list would have been enslaved laborers toiling for centuries in heat, bringing to harvest a crop so valuable it served as money in a coin starved colony.

Next on the list seems to be ladies, for whom tobacco use in any form was so forbidden, when it was discovered some few women indulged in snuff they were considered freaks. Never knew smoking tobacco by men to have been frowned upon, though, new to me! With ladies disapproving of the practice in male circles, it's a little astonishing the whole thing lasted centuries until we lit up, too. ( Disclaimer here would be how much I do not know about tobacco and Native American use- it's a lot. )

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First, a mild complaint in a women's magazine

Then the first broadside
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Godey's also published a pattern for a ' smoking hat '. Seems to me part of a devious plot- if men had to smoke, wear this silly thing on your head, too. With tassel. :angel:

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Pre-war Godey's image illustrating either the foolishness of men smoking tobacco or the danger they stood in, courting ladies' disapproval. Or both.

Not all of us were smitten by tobacco, one of our first cash crops, and its inevitable usage. Topping that list would have been enslaved laborers toiling for centuries in heat, bringing to harvest a crop so valuable it served as money in a coin starved colony.

Next on the list seems to be ladies, for whom tobacco use in any form was so forbidden, when it was discovered some few women indulged in snuff they were considered freaks. Never knew smoking tobacco by men to have been frowned upon, though, new to me! With ladies disapproving of the practice in male circles, it's a little astonishing the whole thing lasted centuries until we lit up, too. ( Disclaimer here would be how much I do not know about tobacco and Native American use- it's a lot. )

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First, a mild complaint in a women's magazine

Then the first broadside
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Godey's also published a pattern for a ' smoking hat '. Seems to me part of a devious plot- if men had to smoke, wear this silly thing on your head, too. With tassel. :angel:

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Annie, I was a life-long cigar smoker until I quit a few years ago. I smoked cigarettes when I was young and I quit cold turkey in my 30's. Cigars (good cigars, no drugstore cigars), on the other hand, held me in thrall until my 60's and I still would love to have one right now. However, if I had to wear the hat - no way!
 
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Zella

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Smoke really triggers my allergies, so I've actually never once tried smoking.

As many a bummer noted, the Southern farm women loved their tobacco -- pipes and chews most of all.
I'm pretty sure my ancestor in my avatar--the daughter of a Civil War veteran and a lifelong resident of rural North Carolina--has a chaw of tobacco in her mouth. :smoke:
 

Belle Montgomery

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Annie, I was a life-long cigar smoker until I quit a few years ago. I smoked cigarettes when I was young and I quit cold turkey in my 30's. Cigars (good cigars, no drugstore cigars), on the other hand, held me in thrall until my 60's and I still would love to have one right now. However, if I had to wear the hat - no way!
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JPK Huson 1863

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Annie, I was a life-long cigar smoker until I quit a few years ago. I smoked cigarettes when I was young and I quit cold turkey in my 30's. Cigars (good cigars, no drugstore cigars), on the other hand, held me in thrall until my 60's and I still would love to have one right now. However, if I had to wear the hat - no way!

No, no, the hat is mandatory. I can see why you quit. :angel:

Cigar smoke doesn't bother me- in fact it must be some forgotten childhood association because it seems nostalgic. Dad didn't smoke but remember the sight of a well-chewed cigar end in various hands, must have been friends or relatives. And it's funny. In 2018 there's no gender gap with smoking cigarettes but a woman with a cigar is still considered well, unfeminine.
 
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