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The Tomahawk Pipe.

Novelty pipes became standard items for the Pamplin Pipe Co. during the 1930s and 40s, and a signature item for the company was the "Tomahawk." It featured a stylized profile of George Washington on one side and a stereotypical Indian image representing "Powhatan" on the other side.
   A special Tomahawk pipe was produced for the 1933 Chicago World's Fair as well. One side read "Century of Progress Chicago," while the other side showed the Indian profile with "1833" inscribed above and "1933" below the head. (Animated graphic courtesy of the Virtual Curation Laboratory, Virginia Commonwealth University.)