The Climax Cigarette rolling machine was used for hand rolling cigarettes using papers, made for the purpose, and loose cigarette tobacco. I think it works like this: You open the machine, place your paper inside, place tobacco on top, lick the edge of the paper, close the machine, turn the handle, open the machine and Hey Presto you have a rolled cigarette.
The habit of using tobacco has been around for hundreds of years, it was introduced to Europe in the mid-1500s, but then it was mainly used for pipe-smoking chewing, and snuff. Hand rolling cigarettes had been around for a long time but it wasn’t until the invention of an automated cigarette rolling machine in the 1880s that ready rolled cigarette smoking really took off.
At first smoking tobacco was promoted as a social thing and even as a health benefit. It wasn’t until the early part of the 1900s that the medical profession began to highlight the negative effects of smoking and its link to cancer. Today we all know that smoking is not only bad for the health of the smoker but negatively affects those around them as well. Having been a smoker in the past I understand how difficult it is to give it up, but I find it strange that anybody, having all the evidence of the adverse effects of smoking at their fingertips, should still take it up.
The Climax cigarette rolling machine consists of a small, 4 inch (10 cm) long brass cylindrical case which contains six serrated brass rollers. The case is hinged to allow it to be opened and closed. When closed six tiny cogs which are connected to the ends of the rollers are turned all at the same time with a small wooden handle. The name of it is “Climax” and it was made in England. From what I have read on the internet these were around in the 1950s.