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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Prince Albert Tobacco

I WOULD BE REMISS IF I DIDN'T MENTION AN OLD STANDBY TOBACCO.  MY FIRST SMOKE CAME ON MY GRANDFATHER'S OLD PIPE AND A BOWL FULL OF "PRINCE ALBERT".  THE OLD MAN USED THE OLD POCKET TINS AND OFTEN WHEN HE EMPTIED THE CAN HE WOULD CUT IT DOWN AND MAKE A CONTAINER FOR HIS OLD KITCHEN MATCHES (THE ONES WITH THE WHITE HEADS) YOU COULD STRIKE THEM ANYWHERE.  I DON'T KNOW IF PRINCE ALBERT WAS THE CHEAPEST TOBACCO OF THOSE DAYS OR NOT, BUT I DO KNOW IT WAS HIS CHOICE.  OFTEN HIS KIDS WOULD BRING HIM MORE EXPENSIVE BRANDS, WHICH HE WOULD SMOKE, BUT THE OLD FELLOW WOULD ALWAYS GO BACK TO PRINCE ALBERT.  TO THIS DAY I STILL SMOKE AN OCCASIONAL BOWL ALTHOUGH MY OVER THE COUNTER FAVORITE IS THE CAPTAIN BLACK IN THE WHITE CONTAINER.