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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Ball & Chain Opens Today: Pastelito Daiquiris and Jazz on Calle Ocho
Miami New Times (blog), September 18th

The indoor lounge encompasses that old vintage Florida feel and we have the tropical courtyard to represent Calle Ocho. We want to showcase the energy of Miami, ... In addition to classic mojitos and banana daiquiris, there is a pastelito daiquiri...Read more

A letter to Scotland County visitors
Laurinburg Exchange, September 18th

As I mentioned in this column a few weeks ago, few people work 51 weeks of the year in anticipation of coming to Scotland County for a week's vacation. However, we do get a number of people that come in for events, or stay a few extra hours or day when ...Read more

Westside Players to present "The Game's Afoot"
Idaho State Journal, September 17th

Dr. Czerepinski has assembled vintage 1930s formal dinner attire for the actors. Hooligan's will provide beverage service starting at 6 p.m., and Café Tuscano caters from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Dinner ... New to the Lobby Gallery for this production is a...Read more

Portland restaurant and bar events -- Week of 9/17 - 9/23
The Oregonian -, September 17th

the St. Jack Bar will be offering three collaboration cocktails with Chef Aaron Barnett for two weeks only: an oyster shooter (Hendrick's Gin, lemon, celery, dill, Jacobsen sea salt), The Gainsbourg Sour (cognac and rye whiskey with Chef's tobacco...Read more

Quick Trip: Siloam Springs
417mag, September 17th

The store has 20 house varieties of pipe tobacco, and you can watch them being blended when you visit. Plus, there are about 150 pipes in the store, half of which are vintage estate pieces. Where to Eat. While you're checking out downtown, visit The...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.) ... “We had one 8mm-projector that you had to rewind...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