On Tobacconists

Apparently, women could become tobacconists, too. Here’s a snippet from Captain Jesse’s The Life of George Brummell:

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Beau Brummell By William Jesse

And from A Dictionary of the English Language of 1828:

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A Dictionary of the English Language By Samuel Johnson, John Walker, Robert S. Jameson

(See? “Toaster” is an old, old word. But if you’d ever used it in a Regency romance? — uh-hu …)

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Southern Literary Messenger By Carnegie-Mellon University, School of Computer Science

Hmm. So tobacconists sell snuff boxes as well. But I distinctly remember that in Austen’s S&S the horrid Mr. Dashwood buys his snuffbox at Gray’s on Sackville Street and that was a jeweller’s.

And here’s the Irish Penny Journal:

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The Irish Penny Journal 

Hu?

But looka, looka here: The Panorama of Professions and Trades

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The Panorama of Professions and Trades, Or, Every Man’s Book By Edward Hazen

Now, what do you think? Isn’t Google Books the bestest? 🙂

3 thoughts on “On Tobacconists

  1. Anonymous

    ‘Toaster’ is also potentially connected to snuff.

    A particular brand of Irish snuff is called High Toast. This relates to an unfortunate / fortunate accident when the snuff was ‘cooked’ for too long and the resulting snuff was found to be delicious!

    Other stories related it’s discovery to a fire at a tobacco warehouse and the ‘smoked’ tobacco was deemed to be useless for anything but snuff.

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