Sunday, May 5, 2013

Smokers

Uncle Don died of throat cancer in 2003, undoubtedly caused by smoking.

The photo below was taken in 1953 when Uncle Don was participating in National Service with the RAAF at Laverton, Victoria.  I think Uncle Don looks very dashing in his uniform.  

Don Scott
Laverton
1953

Don Scott
Kangaroo Flat
1972
I have written more about my grandfather previously.  I don't remember him smoking but maybe because Mum and Dad both smoked, I didn't really notice?

Gordon Walker
Manns Beach
Mum, Nanna & Granddad
Quambatook
1967
The photo below was shown in a prior post also.
Norm Schnaars, Agnes Schnaars (nee Scott) and Walter Scott
Waterfall Gully Road, Burnside, South Australia

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28 comments:

  1. Cycling AND smoking. Gee - don't know if I could do that! ;)

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    1. Maybe that was their "smoke break"?

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  2. I'm pleased to say that my elder sum has been clear of throat cancer for 12 years; needless to say he stopped smoking abruptly. I can' imagine anyone smoking for 50 years.

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    1. Glad to hear that Bob. Throat Cancer is supposed to be one of the hardest to beat. He is one lucky man.

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  3. Both my parents smoked, Dad a pipe mum cigarettes and I confess I did when I was young but managed to kick the habit. I've known people smoke all their lives and not suffer any problems others succumbed to it's causes. Dad he died of a stroke at 61 leaving Mum who died from the same at 88. Smoking used to be the social thing to do now it's frowned on.

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    1. Strange that some people can smoke all their life without a problem and that many who have never smoked get lung cancer.

      I have analysed the family life expectancy and I have about a 40% chance of dying from heart or lung related issues based on family history and it seems that many of them smoked.

      http://www.shazlex.blogspot.com.au/search?q=Life+Expectancy

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  4. Great photo with the three smoking while cycling. I tried to smoke a cigarette once while on a motorbike - needless to say, it didn't work very well.

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    1. Ha Ha Ha Ha. That is funny. You must have been desperate for a cigarette to even try. Amazing that you could even light it!

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  5. I often wonder how much longer some of my smoking relatives would have lived if they had not smoked? It's such a good thing really that they are making it harder for folks to smoke these days, and the cost alone, I just couldn't imagine!

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    1. OK I am now going to admit that both my husband and I are smokers (yes I feel shame). I wish that I had never started but as my parents smoked, I didn't think twice about it back then. It is an addiction that is very hard to beat. Yes it costs alot. We keep saying that we will give up and use the amount saved to go on holidays.....but......it will happen.

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  6. A great collection of photos for the theme. My parents both smoked and I have lots of photos of them but not one with a cigarette visible.

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    1. I don't think that you would find a photo of me with a cigarette either. I try to hide my bad habit!

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  7. My family were tobacconists so smoking was a big part of their lives for several generations they even had a pipe museum which is at the South Australian Migration Museum now. I keep meaning to make a time with them to go and see it.

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    1. You definitely should. I live near Myrtleford, which was a very big tobacco growing area. I have taken photos of many of the tobacco kilns as they wont be around for ever and then history will be lost.

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  8. Wow, all three on their bikes and smoking. The advertisers sure did their jobs convincing people it was healthy. I'm always fascinated by the lies I find in old ads.

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    1. It makes you wonder what lies we are being told now that will be revealed in 50+ years time.

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  9. Gordon Walker touched that cigarette after holding those fish?!?! Yuck!

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    1. Ha Ha Ha. I'd be more worried about him having a smoke after baiting a hook. Fresh fish are relatively clean and don't smell but I can't say the same thing about bait!

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  10. Love those smoking cyclists. In the worst of my smoking years I tried to do many things while holding a cigarette but my favorites involved sitting down...reading, having a drink or talking on the telephone.

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    1. Yes drinking and talking on the phone were always big triggers and driving the car. My car wouldn't star without a cigarette!

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  11. And now we know that cigarettes (and other things that are not healthy for us) have been made purposely addictive. Unfortunately, I think we are still lied to in many advertisements and we too often fall for it. Guess we are all taken with the smoking cyclists!

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    1. I am addicted to chocolate too! It is definitely not good for the hips.

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  12. A fine set of photographs and well presented.

    Another generation from now, people will have trouble understanding what we are talking about. Yet, a couple generations back, it was almost a requirement for adulthood.

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    1. Too true. Thank you for visiting.

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  13. I agree, it was such a different time, smoking was IN and socially very much accepted. Yes, I think,Don was a dashing fellow, he also looks very friendly and nice. Awful, that he had throat cancer, poor man.

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    1. He was very friendly, relaxed and down to earth. A lovely man.

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  14. Gordon Walker's photo would have been great for that other Sepia post with the boy and the two birds. I'm just saying...
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    HUGZ

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    1. You are right. This would have made a good addition to the snake and eagle that I used in that post. I am afraid that I didn't even think of this one for that post.

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