1900 Approximate
Hodgson Pipe. Kiseru, Japanese Pipe. Material: wood, ceramic, textile, metal. Size: 1 1/2" Diam. x 7" L. Description: brown polished bamboo - hollow cylindrical shaft tapers and flattens at one end - small circular opening (to draw smoke into mouth) in flattened end (mouthpiece) - metal ringed larger hole in wider end to hold tobacco bowl or cigarette (missing) - intricate carvings encircle cylindrical shaft - Japanese lettering carved on side of flattened portion - ceramic bead strung on slender cord running through holes pierced through shaft (tobacco pouch missing).
Hodgson Collection. Prior to accessioning, the number 192 was printed in white ink on the handle. Smoke Rings Hodgson notes: "No. 192 Japanese cigarette holder from Chris, to match the pipe case." Robert E. Hodgson (1893-1968) was superintendent of the Southern Experiment Station from 1919 to 1960. He promoted modern agricultural methods in Waseca and throughout Minnesota. From 1948 to 1964, Hodgson wrote a column for The Farmer Magazine, and his column “Bob Hodgson Talks” appeared in more than one hundred rural Minnesota newspapers for over 20 years. Hodgson was a member of the Waseca County Historical Society, the Waseca County Horse Thief Detectives, The Boy Scouts and other organizations. Among his many interests were history, nature study and pipe collecting. During World War II, Hodgson wrote a once a month letter to members of Boy Scout Troop 85 who were serving in the armed forces all over the world. The letters were published in the Waseca Journal with separate copies printed and mailed to any Waseca serviceman who wished to receive them. Hodgson’s letters maintained the home contacts, helped men keep up on the locations of friends and provided morale-boosting communications for those far away from home.