Posted 9 months ago
This is a 1963 newspaper advertisement for Kaywoodie brand pipe lighters. The ad was placed by Iwan Ries & Co. (established 1891), of Chicago, Illinois - the second oldest family-owned tobacco shop in the country (as of 2011). The butane pipe lighters in the ad are made by the Kaywoodie pipemaker S.M. Frank Co. - The history of S. M. Frank & Co. spans nearly a century and half of pipe making, supporting the claim as the "oldest pipe house in America." S. M. Frank, as it exists today, is a combination of some of the biggest names in pipe making from the early part of the 20th. century. The pipe names Kaywoodie, Yello-Bole, Reiss-Premier, DeMuth, Medico, Heritage and Frank are familiar to generations of pipe smokers. From the time of S. M. Frank's purchase in 1955 until 1972, Kaywoodie and Yello-Bole were run as a separate companies, as divisions of the parent. The Kaywoodie Company was re-named Kaywoodie Pipes, Inc. In 1980, S. M. Frank & Co. moved to its present location in Peekskill, NY and is currently in operation.