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Hey wait a minute! I thought Marvel characters weren’t allowed to smoke anymore?


Hey wait a minute! I thought Marvel characters weren’t allowed to smoke anymore?

August 7th, 2009
Author J. Caleb Mozzocco

And yet here’s Steve “Captain America” Rogers smoking a pipe while ironically telling his pal Bucky that they should enjoy some fresh air. Sure, the panel is from a story in 1944’s All Winners Comics #12, but Marvel just republished it on Wednesday, as a back-up All Winners Comics 70th Anniversary Special #1. Aren’t they concerned about the tens of thousands—well, thousands anyway—of the impressionable 35- to 60-year-old readers who pick the book up are going to see their idol Cap smoking a pipe and take up pipe-smoking just to emulate him?

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Mystery of buried pipes digs up memories of a pub long gone

Wales News

Mystery of buried pipes digs up memories of a pub long gone

Aug 7 2009 by Clare Hutchinson, South Wales Echo

Next year, the Cardiff Story museum will open in The Hayes to celebrate the history of the Welsh capital and its vibrant communities.

As part of an appeal for people to offer items to be exhibited, CLARE HUTCHINSON finds out why, when developers demolished a pub in Union Street, they found a dozen sailors’ clay pipes buried in the garden.

The Moulder Arms

THE Moulders Arms is one of a number of Cardiff city centre pubs which were bulldozed to make way for a modern capital.

Ronnie Moss’ parents inherited the pub in Union Street in 1920 from his grandparents Daniel and Mary Tanner.

They in turn had been left it by Ronnie’s great-great-uncle Charles Tanner, an enterprising man who had originally sold alcohol from his home in Union Street during the latter half of the 1800s.

When he discovered he had a talent for the trade, Charles decided to take over a pub on his street – The Moulders Arms.

The street was in the area around the Queen’s Arcade and St David’s Centre, near to Boots and Marks and Spencer.

More than 100 years later, the old pub was demolished to make way for the original St David’s development, which opened in 1981.

It was at that time that workers discovered a dozen neatly dug holes in the garden, each with a clay pipe marked with a different person’s name.

The mystery of the clay pipes was told in the Echo, which ran a story calling for anyone with answers to come forward.

Ronnie, 73, who now lives in Bunbury, a coastal town 120 miles south of Perth in Western Australia, remembers it well.

“My mother Carlotta (Lottie) Moss retold the history of the clay pipes,” he said.

“She was the youngest of her family and was born in 1899 in the Moulders Arms, as were some of my older siblings.

“Sailors were a large proportion of the customers and were naturally away for long periods of time.

“Behind the bar of the pub these sailors would keep their personal clay pipes and tobacco, with each pipe having their name on the stem.

“When these sailors were in port, they came to the pub and refreshed themselves and relaxed by smoking their pipes.

“If one of these sailors died at sea or died on land, my parents Lottie and Cliff continued the tradition started by my greatgreat-uncle and continued with my grandparents.

“This was, at the death of a sailor, they would bury his clay pipe in the back garden of the Moulders Arms in a little grave.”

Nobody knows where the clay pipes went after being unearthed but, according to historian Peter Finch, the pub’s foundations now lie somewhere beneath Boots.

“The Moulders Arms is now lost in the foundations of Boots, I think possibly beneath the pharmacy section,” he said.

“I remember it from when Union Street was still residential. As part of slum clearances in the 1960s, all the houses were gradually boarded up and the locals dispersed across the city.

“The Moulders Arms was left on its own, a bit like The Vulcan is today, and in the end it had to go as well.”