Sniff, Snaff, Snuff

Yesterday was my blogging day on Unusual Historicals and I talked about snuff — why it was so popular in the Regency; how it was taken; what kind of snuffs one could buy from the tobacconist; and all the lovely things that might be found on a snuff-box. The post contains an embarrassingly large number of typos — I scribbled it down in the afternoon, after teaching, and even though I took a really long walk first (across the graveyard in Mainz …) (must take a camera next time; there are some really unusual graves to be found there, and the dim, wintry afternoon light among the large trees creates a very special atmosphere), my brain was apparently still reduced to mush. Duh.

2 thoughts on “Sniff, Snaff, Snuff

  1. Snuff Store

    Hi Sandy,

    Any post about snuff tobacco is fine by me!

    It’s funny, I met some friends a few nights ago for a quiet drink, one of whom is a ‘Lodge’ member.

    This friend told me that he’d recently attended a lecture by the Queen’s Chief Physician.

    The talk was about the history of snuff tobacco usage and several historical snuff boxes that are in the possession of the ‘Lodge’.

    He used the phrase “without grimacing”, when recollecting the lecture.

    I think it’s snuff taking rule 11, some site’s descriptions literally translate this rule as ‘without making an ugly face’!

    I like rule 12 though…

    Close snuffbox with a flourish. Return the snuffbox to your jacket pocket.

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