There’s A Former Smoker In Every Office

Clare Briggs

Clare Briggs

Clare Briggs is a famous cartoonist who lived from 1875 to 1930. Poems by Wilbur Nesbitt.

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  1. Avatar Jaybird
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    Marlboro started production in 1924. Price of a pack of smokes was 20 cents. Inflation calculator puts that at $3.05 a pack today.

    A penny a smoke. I can see that as being a good price, I guess. (I remember paying a buck a pack in the early 90’s. Complaining when the gas station jumped to $1.25.)

    Everybody in the cartoon is smoking a pipe or a cigar, though. My googling tells me that you could get a good cigar for a nickel until WWI. I imagine that the guy above paid a dime for his.

    I can find that pipe tobacco was taxed at 6 cents a pound back then, but can’t find a good price.

    All that to say: the guy is bragging about how good he feels and not how he has extra cash for the pool game come Saturday.Report

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