I like to watch the old black&white movies because I think they're better than most of the crap they try to pass off as entertainment. Most movies will feature at least one pipe smoker. Every pipe I've seen has been a very conservative type with most having a straight stem. I've seen a few bents , but not many.It occured to me that I've never seen a freehand style pipe in any old b&w movie. Q. When did the freehand style of pipes become popular? Q. Was this a style that started in Europe? Educate me. OBD.