I contacted the founder of the Oom Paul Society, Olie Sylvester, who responded immediately and advised that neither the mission nor the purpose of the “Oompaul Society of Non Typicals” encompasses an investigative pursuit of information about Kruger or this pipe.When I volunteered to craft a mini-monograph, he willingly accepted, and I enthusiastically complied.
Perhaps Ollie expected that I would offer the Society the time of day, but I ended up building a watch.) I offer it as background information to anyone interested in knowing something more about the Oom Paul format, and for the ultra-curious and inquisitive in this community of aficionados, reminiscent of the 1966 Burt Bachrach and Hal David song, it’s my way to answer “What’s it all About, Olie? Here’s what I knew and what I have since found in various references.Helping the shift immeasurably was my father who, a month before I was to begin my freshman year in college, took me to the John Middleton shop in Philadelphia and allowed me to select a Dunhill pipe for myself.Now, as I said, I had been messing with pipes for awhile and I had about 10 or 12- mostly Middleton Old Mariner’s and some Kaywoodie’s (made in London). cond., with the merest of tooth marks (can't really callthem indents); one on the bottom and one on the top of the stem. Shape # is 51091 &the draw is wide-open and the nomenclature clear & crisp.