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"South Street Seaport" Photo by Frank Romeo From

“South Street Seaport”
Photo by Frank Romeo

iron-rimmed wheels

    drawn by iron-shod hooves

gave a clattering cadence

    reverbing dull bells

ringing atonal peals

    along ill-masoned lanes

of Belgian block cobbles

    and dredged



bilge-pitted from urine

    of a hundred stout lads

crude ballast unshipped

for a nickel a ton

from heart-of-oak vessels

    of mercantile Brits

singing Cockney crew lingo

    with cargo commands

over heaps dropped in nets

    upon creaking tarred wharves

Schermerhorn Dutch

    gave out guttural barks

to the breaking breeze humming

    through neatly reefed yards

slung up high-crossed on masts

    overtowering docks

where a nautical polyglot

    spilled its cacophony

up and down gangplanks East

    Indiamen hove in place

with great bangs and hard crashes

    that echoed across the wide

swift running current dividing



Brooklynfrom my forty-floored glass

    looking down on the seaport

when sail-masted schooners

    or frigates would moor

all the sounds of the centuries

    rose up to reach me

transporting me back to

    that wild newborn world

of rapscallion romance

    and mean edged adventure

where men grunted glory

    for merely surviving

another new day

    all the time feeling wistful

that I had been born

    too long after my time

(Note to readers: the glass tower in the photo was the location of my office)

via Aural History | Poesy plus Polemics.


Smoke a Spud | muscleheaded

[Terry: I swear, this muscleheaded guy keeps getting better and better. I think all that Southern stuff is just a sham and he’s really a hipster from Brooklyn]

July 20, 2013

Ever heard of SPUDS?


No… not them spuds.

Try Wheeling, West Virginia.

‘Spud Cigarettes’ were once the fifth largest selling brand of cigarette in the United States.


A long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away….

There was this planet where folks would take little rolls of leaves and paper, light em on fire, and then inhale the smoke directly into their lungs.

I guess that place is still there.

They’re just using different leaves, now.


Anyhoo… today’s interesting and provovative post, is on a product that- at one time- was the fifth best selling brand of cigarette in the United States— and is now virtually unheard of.

SPUD cigarettes.


Despite what the product name might lead you to believe, and as you might have gleaned from the above 1933 ad in “Literary Digest”, Spud Cigarettes were NOT made out of potatoes….,

…. but a relatively expensive tobacco blend, mint leaves, and menthol additives.

( Actually, ‘Spuds’ were the first menthol cigarette to be mass produced. )

Their rather quaint and misleading name actually came from the inventor of mentholated cigarettes, Lloyd “Spud” Hughes, of Ohio.

The story goes that, as a young man, Lloyd was an avid smoker, but hated the taste of cigarettes whenever he had a cold.

Now, most folks would either stop smoking until they were well, or just ignore the awful taste and scratchy throat.

But not ole “Spud”.

He was what you might call dedicated.
( or what you might call ‘addicted’ )

His mother had treated his asthma with menthol crystals as a child, and he continued to use them into adulthood— storing them in a tin container with his cigarettes.

He enjoyed the taste of the cigarettes with the menthol flavor, and the mentholation seemed to ease the pain of his sore throat.

So he developed a recipe for making them in large quantities, and soon he was producing them for sale to local stores.

In 1925, he patented his invention, (which was produced by spraying tobacco with a mixture of Oil of Cassia, alcohol, and Menthol ), and formed the Spud Cigarette Corporation of Wheeling, West Virginia.

He saw his duty and he done it, yep.

there’s a lot more- check it out via Smoke a Spud | muscleheaded.

Hey Sweetheart We Get Rewrites

[Terry: Just a sidenote. After about 30 years of abstinence, I’m smoking an e-cigarette loaded with coffee-flavored non-nicotine fake smoke. It ain’t 3 packs a day of Winstons but I love it.]

Brooklyn Museum | Phillip Jones Griffiths | Iconic Photos

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