Tobacco became popular in Europe in the 1600's, after traders brought back tobacco plants from the Americas. Pipes, borrowed from the Native Americans, were the first popular method of smoking, and were made of wood, bone, clay, and even metal. Some of the most valuable antique pipes are those made of meerschaum, a rare white stone.

Cigars, which have long been popular in Central and South America, have a whole set of collectibles associated with them, including cigar boxes, humidors, cigar cutters, and special cigar lighters.

Next came the cigarette, popularized during the Crimean war when soldiers would roll their pipe tobacco in newsprint. Related collectibles include tobacco tins, tobacco cards, ashtrays, matchbooks, and vintage advertising and signs. Over the years, tobacco companies created iconic logos like Zig-Zag's Zouave and The Camel (later Joe Camel), and put their slogans on everything from clothing to posters to statuettes.

Cigarette lighters are a category all their own, with major brands including Zippo, Ronson, and Dunhill. There's a wide variety of lighters to collect in every material imaginable. Although lighters haven't changed much from their original designs in the early 1900s, the older the lighter, the more decorated they tend to be. And don't forget the lighter's precursor, the lowly but often highly ornamented match holder (aka match safe).

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A return to natural roots
Visalia Times-Delta, September 1st

Following their blessing ceremony, the two women had tobacco pressed into the palms of those who gathered and went on to sing a tribal offering to the land. When the song was over, Wilcox explained what she and her daughter said in their nearly...Read more

Vintage baseball cards expected to be a hit with auction bidders, September 1st

Now, the trove of more than 1,400 tobacco cards featuring a slew of Hall of Famers like Cy Young and Ty Cobb - the legacy of a teenage smoker whose family hung onto a collection that dates to 1909 - is going up for auction. The cards will be sold by a...Read more

Miranda Lambert, Rowdy in the Catskills
New York Times, September 1st

BETHEL, N.Y. — Miranda Lambert has proved, over a decade-long major-label career, that vulnerability and nuance can share an agenda with her higher-proof concerns: the heady blend of whiskey, tobacco and reprisal that has defined a country-spitfire...Read more

Earthquakes Are Key to Napa's Great Wine
Daily Beast, August 31st

Under his guidance (he generously inspired and assisted anyone who asked), land that had progressed from producing altar wine to bulk wine was, by the 1960s, beginning to produce fine vintage wines. Mondavi also realized the value of coaxing trophy...Read more

Royals fall in 11th, drop into first-place tie in Central
Kansas City Royals, August 30th

The players wore vintage uniforms with the Royals hitching up stirrup socks. The scoreboard flashed ... "I [just] about swallowed my tobacco when he rounded second, but he made it," said Indians manager Terry Francona. "You were going to have to lasso ...Read more

Huge crowd greets return of the Cleveland National Air Show (slideshow)
The Plain Dealer -, August 30th

And there were some vintage war birds in the form of the Yankee Air Museum's B-25 and B-17 bombers of World War II vintage, as well as a flawlessly restored TBM Avenger built by General Motors near the end of World War II. There were some great stories...Read more

Vintage wood is reclaimed from old barns and buildings
WBIR-TV, August 27th

Some tobacco baskets came from Paducah, Kentucky and Morristown, Tennessee. "They would put their tobacco in there to showcase it to local buyers," he explained. A few small gray doors leaned against a post. "These horse doors are from Jefferson City ...Read more

Tobacco stolen from the Vintage Corner Store in Woodridge (blog), August 27th

On August 19, 2014, in the late afternoon, two males and one female entered the Vintage Corner Store in Woodridge, Manitoba and stole several cartons of cigarettes and a tub of tobacco. Suspects wanted by police in connection to a theft at the Vintage ...Read more