End of a pipe guild
22 October 2021
Since about 1900 there has been a flourishing club life in the Netherlands of pipe smokers who meet each other monthly to smother a pipe. But times are changing, so where can pipe smokers gather these days? In your own garden, yes, but further? As a result, some clubs, named guilds in the south of our country, have gradually disappeared into thin air. The Brabant Pipe Smokers Guild is one of them. Ruud van Scheijndel, former Guild Master, was kind enough to donate his club archive and personal smoking accessories to the museum. During the transfer he turned out to be full of memories and stories, which we shared pleasantly. Thank you for this special donation! In future the competition pipes and other objects will be proof of a pleasant guild life that unfortunately perished in the anti-smoking campaign.