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Smoke, an enigmatic companion through time and tales

Background imageSmoking Collection: Dylan Thomas Drinking & Smoking

Dylan Thomas Drinking & Smoking
Welsh poet Dylan Thomas (1914 - 1953) drinking a glass of beer and smoking while seated at a desk with stacks of his books of poetry, New York City, c. 1950. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageSmoking Collection: Judy Garland with Lionel Bart at the EMI studios in St Johns Wood recording Maggie May

Judy Garland with Lionel Bart at the EMI studios in St Johns Wood recording Maggie May. 9th August 1964

Background imageSmoking Collection: Train crossing Stockport viaduct on London & North Western Railway. Note pollution of river banks

Train crossing Stockport viaduct on London & North Western Railway. Note pollution of river banks, smoking chimneys and complete domination of scene by railway viaduct

Background imageSmoking Collection: The Night before the Exam, 1935 (oil on canvas)

The Night before the Exam, 1935 (oil on canvas)
XIR32143 The Night before the Exam, 1935 (oil on canvas) by Pasternak, Leonid Osipovic (1862-1945); 39x55.5 cm; Musee d Orsay, Paris, France; (add.info.: On the eve of the Examination; ); Russian

Background imageSmoking Collection: Winston Churchill Holding a Sub-Machine Gun

Winston Churchill Holding a Sub-Machine Gun
Winston Churchill (1874-1965) - pictured holding a Sub-Machine Gun. Date: circa 1940

Background imageSmoking Collection: Mature man wearing cloth cap lights his pipe in an Irish pub

Mature man wearing cloth cap lights his pipe in an Irish pub
A mature man wearing a cloth cap sits in a pub in Cork, Ireland, and lights his pipe. In front of him is a pint of Guinness. He has a large belly and behind him is a dart board Date: 1989

Background imageSmoking Collection: Sherlock Holmes / Reverie

Sherlock Holmes / Reverie
the great detective surrounded by memories of his greatest triumphs

Background imageSmoking Collection: Formula One Championship, Rd 15, United States Grand Prix East, Watkins Glen, USA, 2 October 1977

Formula One Championship, Rd 15, United States Grand Prix East, Watkins Glen, USA, 2 October 1977
James Hunt (GBR) celebrates his win in Victory Lane with his McLaren M26, a cigarette, a beer, and a Penthouse Pet. Formula One Championship, Rd 15, United States Grand Prix East, Watkins Glen, USA

Background imageSmoking Collection: Isambard Kingdom Brunel Standing Before the Launching Chains of the Great Eastern

Isambard Kingdom Brunel Standing Before the Launching Chains of the Great Eastern, 1857, printed 1863-64

Background imageSmoking Collection: Gypsy Caravans

Gypsy Caravans
A group of travellers and their horse-drawn caravans/wagons. Painting by Malcolm Greensmith

Background imageSmoking Collection: Coopers at work making wooden barrels

Coopers at work making wooden barrels
Four coopers hard at work in their workshop making traditional wooden barrels. Painting by Malcolm Greensmith

Background imageSmoking Collection: Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill (1874-1965) holding tommy gun while visiting America

Background imageSmoking Collection: David Bowie, Cannes 1983

David Bowie, Cannes 1983
A portrait taken on May 11, 1983 shows British singer David Bowie during a press conference at the 36th Cannes Film Festival

Background imageSmoking Collection: Che Guevara / Smoking

Che Guevara / Smoking
ERNESTO GUEVARA Known as CHE GUEVARA Latin American guerrilla leader and revolutionary theorist. Listening to an address in Santiago de Cuba. *UNAVAILABLE FOR USE IN ASIA AT PRESENT* Date: 1928 - 1967

Background imageSmoking Collection: Sobranie cigarettes advertisement, 1963

Sobranie cigarettes advertisement, 1963
Advertisement for Sobranie Cocktail cigarettes, available in a variety of fancy rainbow colours with gold tips - like all the best parties well bred, well dressed and perfectly packed. Date: 1963

Background imageSmoking Collection: CAMELS CIGARETTE AD, c1950. What Cigarette Do You Smoke, Doctor

CAMELS CIGARETTE AD, c1950. What Cigarette Do You Smoke, Doctor? Advertisement for Camel cigarettes from an American magazine, c1950

Background imageSmoking Collection: Mephisto Cigars label, printed by F. Heppenheimers sons, New York

Mephisto Cigars label, printed by F. Heppenheimers sons, New York
PNP382187 Mephisto Cigars label, printed by F. Heppenheimers sons, New York, 1897 (colour litho) by American School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Manufactured bu D)

Background imageSmoking Collection: Noel Gallagher Singer September 1998 Oasis band member talking to supermodel Kate

Noel Gallagher Singer September 1998 Oasis band member talking to supermodel Kate Moss at the after show party of Steve Coogans show at the Lyceum Theatre in Londons Covent Garden

Background imageSmoking Collection: Holmes Smoking Pipe

Holmes Smoking Pipe
THE MAN WITH THE TWISTED LIP Holmes ponders the problem

Background imageSmoking Collection: David Bryant with Pipe

David Bryant with Pipe
David Bryant, CBE, bowls legend; a trout-fishing, pipe- smoking man of Somerset who is regarded as the greatest player in the history of the sport

Background imageSmoking Collection: Daphne du Maurier in Fowey

Daphne du Maurier in Fowey
Daphne du Maurier (1907 - 1989), English writer and novelist, author of Rebecca and Jamaica Inn, pictured looking rather dashing while smoking a pipe

Background imageSmoking Collection: British Prime Minister Winston Churchill holding a Thompson submachine gun whilst smoking

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill holding a Thompson submachine gun whilst smoking a cigar, during a visit to coastal defence positions near Hartlepool in the Second World War. 31st July 1940

Background imageSmoking Collection: Ringo Starr smokes a cigarette at the drums as the Beatles perfo

Ringo Starr smokes a cigarette at the drums as the Beatles perfo
Ringo Starr playing the drums as the Beatles play at the Prince of Wales Theatre 1964

Background imageSmoking Collection: Blacksmiths outside their forge

Blacksmiths outside their forge
A superb photograph of six Blacksmiths and coachbuilders posing for a photograph outside their forge/workshop, each holding the tools of their trade

Background imageSmoking Collection: England / Appledore

England / Appledore
Appledore, a quaint fishing village and seaport in North Devon, situated on the estuary of the River Torridge and Taw

Background imageSmoking Collection: Horrockses Crewdson & Co

Horrockses Crewdson & Co
Traffic passing the smoking chimneys of Horrockses, Crewdson & Co. Centenary Cotton Mills, Preston. The factory windows are illuminated

Background imageSmoking Collection: Sherlock Holmes theatre poster

Sherlock Holmes theatre poster
Theatrical poster advertising a production of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

Background imageSmoking Collection: Volcano Kimanura Nyamulagira Virungas, Zaire, Africa

Volcano Kimanura Nyamulagira Virungas, Zaire, Africa
AW-4153 VOLCANO ERUPTION Kimanura - Nyamulgira Virungas, Democratic Repubulic of Congo (formerly Zaire) Adrian Warren Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageSmoking Collection: Marlene Dietrich in Josef von Sternbergs Blonde Venus (1932)

Marlene Dietrich in Josef von Sternbergs Blonde Venus (1932)
Marlene Dietrich in Blonde Venus (1932)

Background imageSmoking Collection: Welwyn Garden City, an example of town planning

Welwyn Garden City, an example of town planning
An advertisement for new houses and industrial sites at the new town of Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, an example of town planning, designed to take people away from polluted cities

Background imageSmoking Collection: Leisure Moment, c1945. Creator: Unknown

Leisure Moment, c1945. Creator: Unknown
Leisure Moment, c1945. British politician and statesman Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) smoking one of his trademark cigars

Background imageSmoking Collection: Ennui, c1914 (1935). Artist: Walter Richard Sickert

Ennui, c1914 (1935). Artist: Walter Richard Sickert
Ennui, c1914 (1935). After the painting by Walter Richard Sickert. From Modern Masterpieces Part 2. [George Newnes Ltd, London, 1935.]

Background imageSmoking Collection: HMS Royal Oak, British battleship

HMS Royal Oak, British battleship
HMS Royal Oak, British Revenge class battleship. Date: circa 1918

Background imageSmoking Collection: 1976 Japanese Grand Prix: James Hunt with 500cc motorcycle rider Barry Sheene, portrait

1976 Japanese Grand Prix: James Hunt with 500cc motorcycle rider Barry Sheene, portrait
Fuji, Japan. 22nd - 24th October 1976. James Hunt (McLaren M23- Ford) with 500cc motorcycle rider Barry Sheene, portrait. World Copyright: LAT Photographic. Ref: 76 JAP 22

Background imageSmoking Collection: A team of working horses at work

A team of working horses at work in the fields ploughing. Painting by Malcolm Greensmith Date: circa 1980

Background imageSmoking Collection: Rejected by the Inventions Board IX - Heath Robinson

Rejected by the Inventions Board IX - Heath Robinson
The Pilsener Pump for tapping the enemys beer; another hilariously convoluted contraption to foil the enemy during World War I from William Heath Robinson

Background imageSmoking Collection: Embassy World Professional Snooker Championship at The Crucible, Sheffield

Embassy World Professional Snooker Championship at The Crucible, Sheffield. Steve Davis and Alex Hurricane Higgins. 13th April 1981

Background imageSmoking Collection: Naughty boy smoking a cigarette, circa 1950

Naughty boy smoking a cigarette, circa 1950

Background imageSmoking Collection: An Alligator - all dressed up to meet you in Florida, USA

An Alligator - all dressed up to meet you in Florida, USA. Date: 1935

Background imageSmoking Collection: Battersea Power Station Silhouette

Battersea Power Station Silhouette
25th January 1954: Battersea power station in London. With dimensions of 160m x 170m, the roof of the boiler house 50m tall, and its four 103m tall, tapering chimneys

Background imageSmoking Collection: Sherlock Holmes theatre poster

Sherlock Holmes theatre poster
Theatre poster advertising a four-part drama of Sherlock Holmes, playing at the Grand Theatre in Halifax, the show travelling from the Lyceum Theatre in London

Background imageSmoking Collection: Advert, Barry, Ostlere & Shepherd Ltd, Kirkcaldy

Advert, Barry, Ostlere & Shepherd Ltd, Kirkcaldy
Advert for Barry, Ostlere & Shepherd Ltd, Manufacturers of Floor Cloth, Linoleum and Cork Carpet, Kirkcaldy, Scotland. 1905

Background imageSmoking Collection: 1976 Japanese Grand Prix

1976 Japanese Grand Prix
Fuji, Japan. 22nd - 24th October 1976. James Hunt (McLaren M23- Ford) with 500cc motorcycle rider Barry Sheene, portrait. World Copyright: LAT Photographic. Ref: 76 JAP 22

Background imageSmoking Collection: HMS Prince of Wales, British battleship

HMS Prince of Wales, British battleship. Date: circa 1908

Background imageSmoking Collection: Interior of the R101 airship

Interior of the R101 airship
Amenities of the giant British airship R101, showing the smoking room, a typical two-berth cabin, and passengers looking down on the lights of a city from the starboard promenade deck

Background imageSmoking Collection: Gebrauchsgrafik illustration, 1928

Gebrauchsgrafik illustration, 1928
Highly stylised art deco illustration showing three people (one woman and two men) in evening dress, sitting on what look like cocktail stools

Background imageSmoking Collection: White Star Line pipe rack with drawers

White Star Line pipe rack with drawers
A wooden item, possibly a pipe rack, with two drawers, from the White Star Line cruise liner company

Background imageSmoking Collection: Couple at the door of the Theatre Bar

Couple at the door of the Theatre Bar
Smart couple at the door of the Theatre Bar Date: 1914



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Smoke, an enigmatic companion through time and tales. From Winston Churchill holding a sub-machine gun to Sherlock Holmes lost in reverie, it weaves its way into the fabric of history. Isambard Kingdom Brunel stands before the launching chains of the Great Eastern, his mind perhaps finding solace in a puff. Dylan Thomas, with drink in hand and smoke curling from his lips, finds inspiration for his poetic musings. In the bustling cooperage, craftsmen diligently shape wooden barrels as wisps of smoke dance above their heads. Gypsy caravans carry stories whispered on smoky nights under starlit skies. The roar of engines fills the air at Formula One Championship races, where adrenaline-fueled drivers take quick drags between laps. A close-up reveals limited edition cigars nestled within a box from Cohiba in Havana's vibrant streets—a testament to craftsmanship and tradition. An advertisement by Barry, Ostlere & Shepherd Ltd captures the essence of sophistication that comes with smoking. David Bowie exudes effortless coolness as he enjoys a cigarette during Cannes 1983—his music echoing through generations like tendrils of smoke lingering in the air. Winston Churchill himself becomes synonymous with both leadership and tobacco—an iconic figure forever associated with his beloved cigars. And let us not forget Sobranie cigarettes' timeless advertisement from 1963—the epitome of elegance captured within one frame. Through these glimpses into different eras and cultures, smoking emerges as more than just an act—it embodies moments frozen in time; it symbolizes camaraderie or introspection; it evokes passion or relaxation; it is an art form all its own.