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 sweet, but tricky, year for Washington's red wines
SFGate, September 23rd

With all of this happening, I found myself turning to the 2011 vintage, as complicated a year as they come (along with a handful of early-released 2012s, more generous wines). As in Oregon and California, 2011 was a cold and late one, even trickier due...Read more

New Liverpool hotel a Titanic effort
The West Australian, September 21st

A four-star, 153-room affair, the Titanic is housed in a mid-19th century former tobacco warehouse overlooking Stanley Dock, one of the historic, but long-neglected, mooring points along Liverpool's UNESCO World Heritage-listed waterfront. Developed by...Read more

Attractions abound along Blue Ridge Parkway
Sacramento Bee, September 21st

Go wine-tasting: Mount Airy is the jumping off point for the Yadkin Valley Wine Trail, which has 36 wineries ( that grow more than a dozen varieties of grapes in a region once planted with tobacco. Where you go depends in part on how far...Read more

Another kind of finish line
Coos Bay World, September 20th

COOS BAY — After surviving six rounds of intense competition, and a field of 15 competitors, four singers will take center stage at the Bay Area Fun Festival on Saturday looking to be crowned Teen Idol 2014. Bay Area Teen Idol is Coos and Western...Read more

Tobacco buyout comes to end
The Robesonian, September 19th

Contributed photo |Tobacco croppers work at a farm in Fairmont in this vintage photo. Tobacco farms once thrived in Fairmont, but the industry has steadily shrunk in and out of Robeson County because of negative attitudes towards smoking, the advent of ...Read more

Emily Paine Carter: Advice centers around kids' independence
Roanoke Times, September 17th

She's married to John Locklier, another vintage /classic 1967 Wolverine. (Local history buffs will recognize the Deyerle name: noted for fine, early architecture — and now big ol' family reunions.) She's smart, witty and personable: all fine qualities...Read more

Vintage baseball cards expected to be a hit with auction bidders, September 2nd

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

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