It seems that nearly all of them were pushing that fact that they were pipe smoking men. As if it meant they were thoughtful, knowledgeable and intellectual due to it. It was a thing.
This was before the time that smoking was bad as being confirmed. Pipes being some of the worst, my Grandfather died of stomach cancer caused by pipe smoking, mind you he lived to be 82 but had an unforgettable bronchial cough.
Does anyone remember having memories of that being a thing where you live in the past. Or was it just a "British" thing. Or, was smoking things like cigars a bit of a status symbol