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Chicago Tribune article about Linkman employee, pipemaker.

 
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2014 12:52 am    Post subject: Chicago Tribune article about Linkman employee, pipemaker.  Reply with quote

Thought this might be of interest.  Chicago Tribune article May 27 1951.  Article is about a pipemaker who once worked for Linkman & Co.



Resolution is poor so article in word form is below.
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Chicago Tribune May 27 1951

COLLECTOR PUTS NO SMOKING SIGN ON PIPE DREAM
BY JANE GARDNER
John Bachmann of Park Ridge, store proprietor, does not smoke a pipe, but for 35 years he made his livelihood from pipes. He began as an 11 year old apprentice learning how to make custom built pipes. He repaired, then assembled pipes, branching into making fancy cigaret holders, and finally went into business for himself as a pipe manufacturer.
His business closed at the end of World War I, ruined by the import of cheap foreign made pipes, he said. But his collection of pipe and holder samples from his early days has become a nos- bit of the past.
If you want to know anything about a pipe, he is your man.
Smokers Are Particular
The first company he worked for, and where he stayed for 23 years, was M. Linkman & Co., pipe manufacturers, at Fullerton and Racine avs. His brothers, Martin and Albert, also worked at Linkman.
After one trial at smoking the handmade pipes, Bachmann gave up smoking of any kind for all time, but as his skill in making the pipes progressed he learned a lot about smoking habits, for in those days a man was mighty particular about his pipe. If he wanted a pipe made in a certain way and could afford it he took the work man into his confidence.
There was the man who wanted a truly clean pipe, and no non- sense about half measures. For that Bachmann made a pipe that could be taken apart completely, the bowl being formed of two halves that came apart.
A Clean Fellow
Another customer figured a straight stretch of pipe cleaner was the cleanest line between two points. For that pipe smoker Bachmann contrived an opening at the base of the pipe bowl, which could be opened by the turn of a screw so that the cleaner could be pulled out of the stem at that point.
A college fraternity thought It would be distinctive to have all the brothers smoking engraved pipes. For them Bachmann worked up a fancy number which had a band around the bowl. The band had Greek letters and initials of friends, and would turn about the pipe, putting the desired initials to the front as the smoker chose.
Ingeniously formed cups, to be placed most anywhere along the pipe stem, were among other ideas of smokers.
Bachmann seldom learned how some of the ideas worked out. The smokers ego evidently made him keep quiet about it if the ideas were failures. At least, he didn't come around to complain to the pipemaker, Bachmann said.
Some with Trays
The vogue of the long cigaret holder gave the manufacturers some long conference sessions with the buyer, too.
Some of the gracefully fashioned and polished holders of the Bachmann collection are 12 inches long. Some are painted with flowers, and some have tiny ventilating and cooling systems.
Two holders speak quietly but forcefully of a woman s influence. They have long trays attached to the holders, trays the size of a cigaret,' designed to catch its ashes.

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This Hobby Is a Pipe!
John Bachmann, 74, is best known as a hardware store proprietor in Park Ridge, but a long career as pipemaker preceded his work, and scores of pipes, tools of the trade, and cigaret holders are in his collection.

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The trade he pursued had as raw material a block of briar, cut into a rough length. How the finished product might look was up to the customer and his whim. If the major goal was a clean pipe, Bachmann could make such samples as those on the right. Fancy calabash, graceful bowl, or highly tooled bowls are samples of his work at left.

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The cigaret holder, last word in in the '20s, could be as long as the smoker dared manage, as decorated as taste demanded, or as functional as two samples at top. Extending beyond holder and a part of it is a curved tray to keep ashes from falling.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2014 1:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great find ! I enjoyed reading that!
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2014 1:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good read, thanks!
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Great find .. td
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2014 2:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for sharing!! Very Happy
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Thanks, I liked that!
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2014 3:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for the read
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Very cool, thanks for posting it.
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Excellent stuff there, thanks!
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 12:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice read,thanks for posting it.


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