72 entrants, including 6 women, took part in a cigar-smoking competition at Delft, Holland, Mar 7, and smoked with utmost concentration to accumulate as long an unbroken ash as possible.
GV PAN..competitors lighting cigars
SV Men and women light cigars
CU Woman lights cigar
CU BACK V..woman light cigar
LV Competition in progress
CU Woman smoking
CU Man smoking
CU Man with large ash
CU Man holding glass, PAN to smoking cigar
SV Competitor smoking
CU Miss Koot (Best in womens competition)
CU Competitor with big ash
SV PAN..to man under table smoking
CU Judge measuring cigar stump
SV Woman smoking
CU Judge measures stump
CU Youngest male competitor, MR.Van Der Voort aged 18
SV Ash dropping on competitors neck
SV Judge measuring stump
SV The winner Mr.Van Berg receives prize
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Background: 72 entrants, including 6 women, took part in a cigar-smoking competition at Delft, Holland, Mar 7, and smoked with utmost concentration to accumulate as long an unbroken ash as possible.
The winner, Mr. Van Berg, of Delft, took over an hour to smoke his cigar - all cigars were 110mm long - and achieved 102mm of unbroken ash (the record for Holland is 106mm). Twenty-nine years old, he started smoking at 18 and says he smokes "to pass the time pleasantly".
The youngest competitor was a girl of 17 - she managed to accumulate 89mm of ash. The oldest competitor was a man of 78.
Many techniques were to be seen: some competitors smoked as slowly as possible, others preferred quickly smoking and some sat in chairs, with their cigars in a horizontal position. Others lay on the floor to keep the cigar vertical and to help to prevent, they hoped, the ash from breaking off.
First prize was an electrically heated cigar caskets - filled with choice cigars.