Biography

For the past 50 years, Ben Rapaport has been known internationally as an avid pipe smoker, antique pipe collector, and tobacco bibliophile. He was inducted into the International Academy of the Pipe in 1985, into the Confrérie des Maîtres Pipiers de Saint-Claude, France, in 1989, and was the recipient of the prestigious “Doctor of Pipes” achievement award from the Chicagoland Pipe Collectors Club in 2004. He is the author of A Tobacco Source Book (1972); A Complete Guide to Collecting Antique Pipes (1979, 1998); The Global Guide to Tobacco Literature (1989); Museum of Tobacco History and Art Guide Book (1996); and Collecting Antique Meerschaums: Miniature to Majestic Sculpture, 1850-1925 (1999). His sixth book, The Arts of an Addiction: Qing Dynasty Opium Pipes and Accessories (2005) was his first writing venture on a non-tobacco topic.





He is a popular lecturer at pipe clubs, his articles on pipe and tobacco history appear regularly in Pipes & Tobaccos magazine and, until Spring 2011 when it ceased to be published, his articles occasionally appeared in CIGAR magazine as well. Achievements and affiliations include: member, Pipe Smoker’s Hall of Fame (1973); Consultant, Center for the Study of Tobacco and Society, University of Alabama (2001). As a certified personal property appraiser, Ben has conducted formal valuations of pipe collections for several museums and for private collectors.  Additionally, for the past 30-odd years, Ben has operated a special niche, mail-order business, selling rare, out-of-print, and in-print books in English and in several foreign languages on all manner of pipes and tobacco. He has prepared a "Recommended Reading List" for those interested in a rather complete bibliography of books on these two topics.

For the past 30 years, Daniel Beck has been an admirer and a privileged collector of this art form. He was inducted into the Confrérie des Maîtres Pipiers de Saint-Claude, France, in 2012.

(Addendum from Ben Rapaport) Daniel Beck is wholly, totally, and solely responsible for this extraordinary idea and for its realization. Those who find what they see on this site a delight to the eye, informative, and educational, owe a vote of thanks to him!