thinks a cigar indispensable as a symbol whereby the
world may know that he has at length become a man.
~ George T. Fisher ~
Here is another of the photographs found in Montana. My son selected it because he thought this group of young men were trying to look tough. I'm not sure that's what they intended. I think they may have thought they were sophisticated. Notice those odd shaped cigars sticking out of a few of their mouths. The mark of a gentleman? Hard to say.
I show you these young men, because while wandering the web I found The Smoker Collection. This is a collection of 112 19th Century albumen photographs, cartes de visite (CDVs) and tintypes depicting the practice of smoking in many different cultures. The collection was amassed over two decades by Richard Segan, an avid collector who, it is said, aggressively pursued these images.
The collection is for sale for $111,000.00. Yes, you read that correctly, 112 rare photographs for $111,000.00. Personally, I would have liked to have seen less foreign cultures and a few more depicting U.S. smoking history. You can view the images here.
Greg French, the owner of the Early Photography website offers some suggestions for utilizing the photographs that he believes should make their monetary value limitless. Take a look, there are many wonderful photographs to be viewed on this site.
Do you have a 19th Century photograph related to smoking? Let's put together our own Smokers Collection. Send your photographs to Shades via the footnoteMaven and we will feature them.
It does make me wonder, however, just how much those women wearing glasses might be worth.
*Drinking Smoke - A term used to signify "smoking." Also referred to as "drinking tobacco."
Young Men Smoking. ca 1908. Card Mounted Photograph. Anonymous. Privately held by the footnoteMaven, Preston, Washington. 2009.