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Hi Alf, my memories of snuff are when we lived at witton rd we had as you would call today a conservatory built,The chappy who built it took snuff and myself and my brother used to collect his discarded snuff tins. I cant remember his name but he was totally bald and i can remeber he said his hair fell out when he lost his wife
used to work at a firm called Singleton and Cole, main office Essex St. They were cigarette wholesalers also sold fancy goods. Had a snuff factory in New Canel St. top end not the Dogs home end. Sent snuff to many ex-pats in U.S.A. and a couple in Australia. Did you know you could get snuff coloured handkerchiefs, also different flavours of snuff including Lavender for the ladies.
On Friday nights some years ago (we selected few) friends, would take snuff all kinds, most came from a shop in the city which specialised in snuff and tobacco, we also tried to out-do each other by bringing along something that no-one else had ever tried or tasted, GREAT FUN.
My grandparents had a newsagents in Church Lane..any body remember the Coates's...this was around the 1930-40s...and they sold snuff l was always facinated how in was weighed out on the scales, l know they would be knocked up many a night by a customer who could'nt sleep unless they had a bag of snuff under their pillow but i'm sure most of it went up their nose...l remember as a child we knew this lady out of Telford Street who use snuff and of course being kids we were always curious so one day she had us line up put some menthol snuff on the back of our hands and told us to take a good sniff all at once....WELL you can imagine what happened our noses burned our eyes watered up not to mention how lightheaded we all got and l'm sure a few tears were shed too....but it cured us at least it cured me...never again. Brenda
I/ve mentioned this before I think , my Cousin Victor Biddle worked for and later took over ownership of Sanders Chemists in Potters Hill They packed snuff on the premises and marketed it in tins as 'Sanders Snuff'. E.