Wally Frank

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Wally Frank Bulldog, courtesy Smokingpipes.com

Wally Frank Ltd. operated a chain of tobacco stores in New York City (the flagship store was in Lexington Avenue) and had a vast catalog business for pipes and pipe tobaccos. Their numerous private-label pipes were made by many makers, including Charatan, Sasieni, Weber and many more. The pipes were all made from well-aged briar and other materials.

Here is a complete scanned copy of the August-September 1939 catalog.

1964 Wally Frank catalog listing for Hilson Elan, Courtesy Doug Valitchka

Wally Frank was one of America's oldest and most respected names in pipes and tobaccos from at least the 1930’s. Although Wally Frank has been gone for many years, he was a leader in the importing of European pipes. But, in addition to importing pipes, he had many pipes made in his own name and also employed pipemakers like Peter Stokkebye and S. Bang! For example, Ed Burak, owner of Connoisseur in New York City, got his start by making pipes for Wally Frank! So Wally Frank pipes must be individually evaluated each on their own merit.

Link to Wally Frank Catalogs, Publications and Documents 17:37, 6 February 2012 (CST)


From the Strong Museum (library)

Corporate Author: Wally Frank, Ltd. Title Statement: Pipe lore : a gentleman's magazine. Local Holdings: VZMM Local LC Call No.: TS2283 .W35456 P56 Published: New York : Wally Frank, Ltd., 1939-1949. Description: v. : ill. ; 21 cm. General Note: Cover title. Local Note: Strong Museum Library has 14 vols. 1939-1949. See shelflist for exact libary holdings. Subject: Pipes--Catalogs. Subject: Smoking paraphernalia--Catalogs.

This Museum's Library holds 14 volumes (1939 to 1949). The Strong Museum appears to be a place for children. How they come to hold the Wally Frank documents is odd. The Museum and Library are located at: One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 585-263-2700

If any Pipedia editor knows of a pipe smoker or editor in that area, it would do us all a service if those Wally Frank documents could be scanned and put online. 14:26, 4 March 2012 (CST)

In addition, Wally Frank owned the Pioneer brand of meerschaum pipes, made from both Turkish and African meerschaum.