1890s Closing Time

A small but wonderful museum in the northern Netherlands focuses on maritime history trade. An interesting display deals with the artifacts collected over two centuries by a Dutch tobacco manufacturer. I went to see the maritime display but wandered into the tobacco display, wondering what made people inhale snuff and chewing tobacco in the past. That’s where I first found the story of the pipe-smoker, rocking on his stand. An innocent way to announce closing time for pub-crawling sailors in the 1890s. Its antique toy-like look inspired me to create a collection of whimsical home decor with an antique look, certain to become coveted heirlooms.

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~ by authenticmodels on August 9, 2012.

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