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nitehawk

Linkman-Dr Grabow Pt 2

I can't believe That I've found another Linkman/Grabow, and in good shape. It does need a good cleaning and re-finish/re-stain, so I'll post additional photos when I'm done. I think it may be a pre-1940's model.





vwdeano

Love when I trip over them.  Nice find!
nitehawk

vwdeano wrote:
Love when I trip over them.  Nice find!


I know, especially when Linkman's in good shape seem to be few and far between. Doing a total rehab, and hope to be finished tonight. Will post photo's when done.
Oldredbeard

Very nice find, can't wait to see it all cleaned up. Congrats sir.
nitehawk

Oldredbeard wrote:
Very nice find, can't wait to see it all cleaned up. Congrats sir.


Thanks Red. I finally finished the rehab this morning. There are a couple tooth dings on the stem, but as I use softie bits on all my pipes, not a major concern.
I don't know what those dark scratch looking marks are on the bowl. They're not fills, and I wasn't able to sand them off either. I could of used a darker stain I guess, to hide them. But at this point I'm not going to mess with it.





Oldredbeard

Very cool, that's a good looking old Linkman now, and they smoke great.
nitehawk

Oldredbeard wrote:
Very cool, that's a good looking old Linkman now, and they smoke great.


Yes, Linkman pipes really are great smokers, and I fired this one up for the first time this morning and wasn't disappointed.
That first Linkman/Grabow I purchased, I've sold to a friend of mine who lives in Chicago, only a few blocks from the old Linkman factory building which still stands today. It's now owned by DePaul University, but the building still says Linkman on the front. On Sunday, he and his wife drove over to the Linkman building, and his wife took a picture of him smoking his Linkman in front of the Linkman building. This Linkman/Grabow I will keep for myself.
Oldredbeard

If you can please post the picture, it would be cool to see the old building.
nitehawk

Oldredbeard wrote:
If you can please post the picture, it would be cool to see the old building.


My thoughts exactly. So here's the Linkman building today, still standing tall and proud as a shining example of Chicago history. And thanks to Depaul University for purchasing and rehabbing the old building, and keeping all the original architecture intact.





Oldredbeard

That's just awesome. I am also glad they kept it original.
ozark southpaw

nitehawk wrote:
Oldredbeard wrote:
Very nice find, can't wait to see it all cleaned up. Congrats sir.


Thanks Red. I finally finished the rehab this morning. There are a couple tooth dings on the stem, but as I use softie bits on all my pipes, not a major concern.
I don't know what those dark scratch looking marks are on the bowl. They're not fills, and I wasn't able to sand them off either. I could of used a darker stain I guess, to hide them. But at this point I'm not going to mess with it.






I wonder if those marks are from a previous owner beating it on an ashtray or something to empty it. They appear to be on one side only. I've seen similar marks on a good many pipes- a lot of little dings all in one area. Sometimes the rim,sometimes on the side of the bowl or top of the shank. If that is the case steaming may help raise them somewhat.

Cool pics of the Linkman building!
JoeMan

Nitehawk...no change to the building, but wondering when your image was taken?  I'm guessing mid 1990's due to older cars and no sign of 'Presence Medical' in the building, as below.  

Here is an artistic rendering of it from a 1937 MLC ad:


I did a GoogleMap walk, and got it from the same angle:


Here on the far left corner (actually on Racine Blvd), you can see they left the 'MLC' stone markers alone:


It appears that the building is occupied by a segment of the Chicago Public Library (you can see the library signage a bit better on both corners of the first image I posted above), and then Presence Medical just to the left of the Linkman doors:


Who lives closest?  Put on some work blues and a name badge, stop at reception and tell them you are there to inspect their 'pipes'...maybe you'll find something in some dank old corner of the basement!  Wink
nitehawk

Joe...I don't know where you found your pictures, but the ones I posted are from DePauls web page, because they own the building and it's being used as an archival storage building for their library system......strange.
nitehawk

ozark southpaw wrote:
nitehawk wrote:
Oldredbeard wrote:
Very nice find, can't wait to see it all cleaned up. Congrats sir.


Thanks Red. I finally finished the rehab this morning. There are a couple tooth dings on the stem, but as I use softie bits on all my pipes, not a major concern.
I don't know what those dark scratch looking marks are on the bowl. They're not fills, and I wasn't able to sand them off either. I could of used a darker stain I guess, to hide them. But at this point I'm not going to mess with it.






I wonder if those marks are from a previous owner beating it on an ashtray or something to empty it. They appear to be on one side only. I've seen similar marks on a good many pipes- a lot of little dings all in one area. Sometimes the rim,sometimes on the side of the bowl or top of the shank. If that is the case steaming may help raise them somewhat.

Cool pics of the Linkman building!


The strange thing is when I ran my finger over that area, it was as smooth as the rest of the briar. I'm sure they're not fills either, because fills when sanded usually have a shiny surface that stands out when compared to the surrounding briar. I also ran my fingernail across them to see if I could feel a fill....nothing. Oh well, still a good looking pipe, and it's going to just stay as is.
nitehawk

JoeMan wrote:
Nitehawk...no change to the building, but wondering when your image was taken?  I'm guessing mid 1990's due to older cars and no sign of 'Presence Medical' in the building, as below.  

Here is an artistic rendering of it from a 1937 MLC ad:


I did a GoogleMap walk, and got it from the same angle:


Here on the far left corner (actually on Racine Blvd), you can see they left the 'MLC' stone markers alone:


It appears that the building is occupied by a segment of the Chicago Public Library (you can see the library signage a bit better on both corners of the first image I posted above), and then Presence Medical just to the left of the Linkman doors:


Who lives closest?  Put on some work blues and a name badge, stop at reception and tell them you are there to inspect their 'pipes'...maybe you'll find something in some dank old corner of the basement!  Wink


Joe....here's the answer:


Thelonious Monkfish

Nice. Like those old Linkman's. Seeing the building they once left still standing is re-assuring.

nitehawk wrote:
The strange thing is when I ran my finger over that area, it was as smooth as the rest of the briar. I'm sure they're not fills...


I have a number of pipes like this, pretty sure it's just dirt/sand/something that got stuck and became part of the Briar over time. Found little bits of sand and stone before, could be mineral deposits, smoke just the same so I leave them too.
nitehawk

Thelonious Monkfish wrote:
Nice. Like those old Linkman's. Seeing the building they once left still standing is re-assuring.

nitehawk wrote:
The strange thing is when I ran my finger over that area, it was as smooth as the rest of the briar. I'm sure they're not fills...


I have a number of pipes like this, pretty sure it's just dirt/sand/something that got stuck and became part of the Briar over time. Found little bits of sand and stone before, could be mineral deposits, smoke just the same so I leave them too.


Hey TM,
I've kinda come to the same conclusion. Or, like Ed said previously, it could've been done by the former owner who tapped the pipe on the edge of something. Not hard enough to ding the briar, but over time enough to drive the original stain deeper into the briar. Like you said, still smokes good, overall solid, and I'll be keeping it as is.
Drifter-MT

A fine pipe there for sure!
nitehawk

Drifter-MT wrote:
A fine pipe there for sure!


Thanks Drifter
nitehawk

nitehawk wrote:
Oldredbeard wrote:
Very nice find, can't wait to see it all cleaned up. Congrats sir.


Thanks Red. I finally finished the rehab this morning. There are a couple tooth dings on the stem, but as I use softie bits on all my pipes, not a major concern.
I don't know what those dark scratch looking marks are on the bowl. They're not fills, and I wasn't able to sand them off either. I could of used a darker stain I guess, to hide them. But at this point I'm not going to mess with it.







....well, I have to admit, I DID NOT like the way the light brown stain turned out on my Linkman. It made it look old and tired.........old she may be, but not tired. So I got out the sandpaper and re-finished her with mahogany. Now...she looks like somebody.....much improved.


JoeMan

I like it better!
nitehawk

JoeMan wrote:
I like it better!



Thanks....no lie Joe, when I got to lookin' at my photo's of the Linkman with the light brown finish.........it looked rather sad...and I couldn't stans it no more. LOL...so I ate my spinach and got to work.
A great pipe shouldn't look.....sad.
JoeMan

Great job Popeye.  Ugh ugh ugh ugh!!!!
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