Bmh

-ErrcKilible eagles. For carrying their coca the Mayas invented a cloth sack similar to the early- twentieth -century U.S Negro "inojo bag."

It was in the nineteenth century, as tobacco chewing gave way among Western settlers to cigarette smoking, that the rolling-paper industry got, as it were, rolling. Around 1910 R.I. Reynolds introduced the famous Top papers, the first American brand-name papei-s that liad wide distribution. A prophetic beginning indeed, for "top" spelled backwards is "pot.!"

Reefer rolling was around for a long lime before the bebop generation of the Forties popularized the practice, but it wasn't a subculture breeder until, the jazz and blues artists of the Twenties and Thirties got into reefer that brand papers began to lake on inucli significance. The bebop crowd used Top, aCB, and occasionally Bambu, Zig Zag, or Rizla to roll their joints. Choosing the right paper was as important as getting the right length on the cuffs of your1 zool suit,. Tlien, in the Forties and easJy Fifties, Spanish seamen began swarming into New York with metal Bambu cases in liand, ransacking the city in quest of their national rolling paper. And it wasn't always tobacco they expected to smoke. Interestingly, the Bambu case that is used to keep the papers neat and fresh became a fad item in the late Sixties. The thrifty Spaniards, poor and cautious, liad been using the inetal containers to protect their papei-s for decades. Bambu, paradoxically, is today one of the most famous dope-rolling papers used in the United States, but its sales have always been primarily to the ghetto and bohemian communities of New York City. The beatniks of the Fifties favored Bambu for poetry readings and lea parlies to such an extent that by the eanly Sixties Bambu liad virtually become the generic

Continue reading here: Bmh

Was this article helpful?

0 0