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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Is The Bull Market Back At Baseball Card And Autograph Shows?
Forbes, January 24th

If you've read my other posts, you can tell that I really enjoy attending a good baseball card show to swap stories with other baseball history fans and revel in vintage tobacco and gum cards, But for the past year I have worried that these events are...Read more

In Vino Veritas. In Napa, Deceit.
New York Times, January 24th

(He later tasted Hill's top-end cabernet and found it green and underripe, but not unusual for the 2011 Napa vintage.) ... During a five-hour meeting in April, two agents from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, the federal agency that...Read more

5 things to know about Highline RxR, coming to Crystal City in February
Washington Post (blog), January 23rd

The staircase walls are covered in weathered tin, found in an old Virginia tobacco farm, to create the illusion that "you're climbing the staircase to a highline," Bayne says. Paintings by D.C. street artist ... Once you're inside, recycled furniture...Read more

North Carolina's wine industry booming
The Pendulum, January 23rd

Wine is proliferating in North Carolina for mainly the same reason tobacco did — the climate is diverse and suitable for growing the crop, as both wine grapes and tobacco need long growing seasons to reach full maturity. ... “Most of the time we sell...Read more

NAMM 2015: New EVH Guitars
Sonic State, January 23rd

three-position switching; EVH custom low-friction volume (500k) and high-friction tone (250k) potentiometers; chrome Schaller string retainer; EVH-branded tuners; and EVH molded-stripe case by SKB. Available in Black, Vintage White and Tobacco Burst...Read more

New Tailor-Made Ferrari F12berlinetta Pays Tribute to 250 GTO
Carscoops (blog), January 23rd

Ferrari's designers gave the F12berlinetta a vintage look in the interior through the use of tobacco Soul leather seat upholstery, triangular-pattern metal plates on the floor mimicking the classic race cars of the past, and body-colored silver trim...Read more

Hooked on Shed Horn
Record Bee, January 22nd

Riding over the earthy tobacco, bitter chocolate funk and ripe black fruit one expects from a centerpiece Cabernet are fluttering notes of raspberry and lighter fare. This carries through, balancing not only the hearty depth, but also the wine's...Read more

For new dean, coming to Rutgers University is a near-homecoming
NJ.com, January 21st

So to take on the issue of tobacco addiction among minority groups, he said, solutions could be found by combining public health science with an economist who can talk about tax policy, an agricultural expert to infuse farming into the discussion and a...Read more