Story: Smoking

A pipe-smoker's visiting card (2nd of 5)

A pipe-smoker's visiting card

Smoking a pipe was a habit of middle-class men as well as working men. This urban gentleman from Auckland in the 1870s was quite happy to show himself portrayed puffing on his pipe. The portrait adorned the visiting card which he would have presented in respectable social situations.

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Auckland City Libraries - Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Reference: 589-125
Photograph by H. A. Firth

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How to cite this page:

Jock Phillips, 'Smoking - The age of the pipe: the 19th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 September 2020)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 5 Sep 2013