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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Ali Corder/Daniel Barnard/Jess Quinn at Tobacco Factory café/bar, Bristol ...
Bristol Post, July 25th

At the Tobacco Factory next week are some beguiling prints, illustrations and upcycled curios by Bristol-based artist Ali Corder. Ali's work has a strong retro or vintage theme, with well-loved objects, keepsakes and materials given new life in...Read more

Why do so many people have it in for Bristol mayor George Ferguson?
Bristol Post, July 25th

and "God knows where that jacket came from". One of those trendy vintage stores, I'll wager. .... He took the derelict Tobacco Factory in Southville and turned it into a thriving arts centre and bar/restaurant. He's done the same with the Canteen...Read more

Big feature: Why do so many have it in for Bristol mayor George Ferguson?
South West Business, July 25th

One of those trendy vintage stores, I'll wager. Dennis Franklin, writing a few days earlier, suggested .... He took the derelict Tobacco Factory in Southville and turned it into a thriving arts centre and bar/restaurant. He's done the same with the...Read more

Nibbles & Bits: Does Imbibe have a wine deal for you
Bakersfield Californian, July 24th

While many wineries are sold out of their 2010 vintage, Silver Oak is releasing this special bottling. This wine is a vibrant elegant expression of the vintage. It has a deep color and enticing nose of cassis liqueur, blackberry, tobacco, tarragon and...Read more

Heavy machinery
Columbus CEO, July 22nd

The antique tractor parade by members of the Seneca County Antique Farm Machinery Association was intended to showcase the equipment past generations of farmers have used for the area's main industry. In addition to vintage tractors of all makes and...Read more

At Austria's Schloss Gobelsburg, 'sensual pleasures and emotional resonance ...
Press Herald, July 22nd

The 2013 vintage, however, somehow outdoes itself. The wine's intensely mineral cut is offset by succulent tangerine and apple, and, in other directions, spice and salt. Like an ... Hallmarks of “manly” red wine – like blood, dust and tobacco – are...Read more

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Winston-Salem Journal, July 22nd

Flavors of plum, dark cherry, tobacco, herbs, vanilla. Fleshy texture, dry but fruity finish. Franciscan generally makes good wines, but this cab is a bit thin, the result of a difficult vintage. --Protos 2013 Verdejo, Spain, $14. Floral, grassy aromas...Read more

After 150 Years of Rolling Them, Tampa Is Close to No Cigars
New York Times, July 21st

Today, the 150 cigar factory sites that dotted this historic neighborhood once redolent with the aroma of tobacco have faded away, one by one, done in by cigarettes, health concerns, the trade embargo on Cuba and competition from abroad. Many were torn...Read more