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).

Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Match World

Match World

This ambitious site showcases the 20,000-item Rankei Library matchbook collection, owned by the Japan Match Manufac… [read review or visit site]

Kensitas Silk Flowers

Kensitas Silk Flowers

Don Wearmouth and his wife showcase the 230 beautiful silk designs that were distributed free with Kensitas cigaret… [read review or visit site]

Matchbox Labels

Matchbox Labels

Jane McDevitt's huge Flickr photoset of matchbox labels, primarily Eastern European, from the 1950s and 60s. These … [read review or visit site]

Truth in Advertising

Truth in Advertising

This gallery of cigarette magazine advertising from the 1940s and 50s contains no surgeon general's warning, just p… [read review or visit site]

Matchbook Museum

Matchbook Museum

James Lileks' gallery of 400 matchbooks from coffee shops, hotels, motels, bars, banks, restaurants and more. Lilek… [read review or visit site]

Clubs & Associations

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Antique 5 Cent Plaster Pug Cigar Tobacco Advertising Statue Chalkware Bull DogA Very Rare Cartier Solid 18ct Gold French Pocket Wick Lighter C1930s N/r Zippo Ww2 Black Crackle Military Lighter 1943 + Box ! ! ! Dunhill "days Of The Week" Pipe Set / Shell Briar / 100% Mint / Unsmoked Estate Jess Chonowitsch Sandblasted Bent Calabash Shaped Pipe With Extra StemUnsmoked! Ser Jacopo Gem Series Granato 2x Maxima Fiammata Italian Estate PipeMint! Bill Taylor Era Ashton Huge Gourd Calabash English Estate Pipe .925 SilverC1952 Quality Art Deco Style Solid Sterling Silver & Green Onyx Cigarette BoxAntique Solid Silver & Guilloche Enamel Snuff / Trinket Box Birmingham 1917Peter Heding Diamond Grade Volcano Pipe Unsmoked Jt Cooke 2014 Okf Lovat Pipe Unsmoked Mint! Family Era Sasieni Four Dot Reigate Classic Bulldog English Estate PipeBruce Weaver Baw Xl Tea Drop Shank Blowfish Pipe Large Vintage C.1940 Old Gold Cigarettes Tobacco 61" SignVintage Comoy's Deluxe Sandblasted Pot With Silver Cup And Military BitMcclelland's First Year 1992 Ultra Rare Christmas Cheer Sealed Tin - Pipe Stud Paolo Becker 3 Heart Silver Mounted Pipe Unsmoked Rainer Barbi Pipe Cumberland Stem UnsmokedRare French Art Deco Celluloid Ladies Cigarette Case Purse Graphic Hand Clasp Fine Antique 19c Georgian Carved Wooden Shoe Snuff Box Pique Nails Inlay TreenSecret Erotic RisquÉ Picture Georgian Snuff Box Papier Mache Filles PardonmentAshton Sovereign Sg2 Ppe Unsmoked 1986 Emil Chonowitsch Pipe - Sandblast Horn - GorgeousVery Mint! Lomma Lars Jonsson Bent Apple Freehand Swedish Estate Pipe Clean!!Vintage 1930's Art Deco Ronson Touch Tip Cigarette Table Lighter Excellent! 1961 Dunhill Shell Billiard English Estate Pipe Super Clean! Must SeeCastello Collection Billiard Pipe W./ Briar Insert Stem * Fantastic Grain *Ashton Sovereign Sg 2 Made In England 9 Carved By Bill Taylor In 1989Fine Antique Hanau Dutch Silver Novelty Shoe Snuff Box Import London 1902 CherubZippo 2001~rare Solid Titanium!! Zippo Refurbished! Mint Unfired Insert!Excellent! Castello Collection Neo Classic Canadian Freehand Italian Estate PipeAntique 20thc French Art Deco 14k Gold & Solid Silver Cigarette Case C.1924Vintage Dunhill Patent 1938 Es6 Canadian Briar Estate Pipe.Yuki Tokutomi Pipe - Sandblast - Elegant Dublin Variation - 1919-24 Sasieni One Dot "rustic" W/patent - Vintage English Tobacco Pipe (c516)Sasieni "warwick" 8 Dot Fish Tale Logo Pipe Superb Military Interest Gentlemans Club Table Lighter In Form Of 500lb MineCastello Collection Kk Pipe Silver Mounted Ashton Pebble Grain Elx Pipe ** Unsmoked **Vintage Art Deco Marathon Windlite Lift Arm Lighter W/eagle EmblemC1800 Napoleonic French Pressed Horn Snuff Box Bicorn Hat Cockade Petit ChapeauThorens Teleflam Pipe LighterVery Rare Japanese Vesta Match Safe Figural Frog Meiji Pipe & Sack Character Ashton Xxx Brindle Finish Pipe Made In 1988 - PipestudHighly Unusual Etna Paris C1945 French Lighter Bracelet W/ Concealed Lighter Antique Meerschaum Pipe, Silver Decorated Windcap & Fittings, Huge Amber Stem.Thorens LighterVintage Dunhill Pipe Dunhill Shell Briar Ec 4s 14 Vintage Estate Pipe SmokedSasieni 'patent Era' Wonderful Mint Squat BulldogG.l. Pease Bohemian Scandal No Longer Produced Two Ounce Tin - Pipestud Sasieni Family Era Four Dot Natural Pipe With Wonderful GrainLarge Antique Solid Silver Mounted Spherical Ball Glass Match StrikerUnusual 1797 Cartwheel Twopence "smugglers Box" - Estate ClearanceUnusual 1797 Cartwheel Twopenny Vesta Case / Match Safe Unsmoked Older Parker Super Russet Pipe In A Fat Dunhill Lb ShapeOld T205 Christopher Mathewson Ny Giants Polar Tobacco Baseball Base Ball CardOld T205 Cy Denton T Young Cleveland Naps Polar Tobacco Baseball Base Ball CardFrench J Sommer Silver Shield Amber Meerschaum Figural Hand Victorian Briar PipeThorens Lighter1971 Dunhill Root Briar 660 W/gold Ad Band - Vintage English Tobacco Pipe (c795)

Recent News: Tobacciana

Source: Google News

Non-duty paid cigarettes
Business Recorder (press release) (blog), May 27th

According to the statistics of the PTB, the world prices for FCV tobacco are indicated below: The above reveals that the best vintage tobacco grown in Pakistan sadly gets the lowest price in the world. Is there anyone to rationalize this pricing...Read more

Exploring Miami's Little Havana: Close to the old island, but decades away, May 27th

Don Pedro Bello Sr., from a long tradition of tobacconists, sits on a chair in front of his Cuba Tobacco Cigar store on the street known as Calle Ocho in Little Havana. Santería offerings are scattered at the base of a ceiba tree near the main strip...Read more

California Wine of the Week: Beauregard Vineyards cabernet built to go the ...
Santa Cruz Sentinel, May 26th

The 2004 vintage shows a classic cabernet profile, with plenty of layers to spark the palate, showing some fine cab can be grown in the cool Santa Cruz Mountains. The verticals >> Beauregard Vineyards is currently offering a tasting of its 2003, 2004...Read more

Home cookin' and more in Denver's Five Points neighborhood
The Denver Post, May 26th

Walls are adorned with vintage posters and advertising signs. It's a motley mix of show fliers (Flatt & Scruggs, Bo Diddley), those red-and-black "See Rock City" birdhouses that once dotted the South, and come-ons for Climax Plug chewing tobacco. The...Read more

Neighborhood news and events
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, May 25th

Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Snacks and beverages are available. Lifetree Cafe is located at 1301 Vintage Lane in Greece. Questions may be ... The Pittsford Reality Check Group will hold a Stomp Out Tobacco shoe drive on Wednesday at...Read more

RIVERSIDE: Synth band Lex makes Saturation Fest debut
Press-Enterprise, May 22nd

Now, through twists of fate and fellow musicians, she's the frontwoman of the synth fantasy band Lex, which plays Mission Tobacco Lounge in Riverside as part of Saturation Fest on Sunday, May 24. When the Los Angeles resident's former band had ended...Read more

Hash Oil: Old drug with new popularity causing explosions
First Coast News, May 20th

At their training center in Huntsville, Alabama, agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms or ATF are learning about the vintage drug turning vogue. Hart says the juice left over from the manufacturing process isn't hard to make but...Read more

East Rutherford weighs banning tobacco sales to anyone under 21, report says, April 28th

In light of the evidence of tobacco's addictive qualities and detrimental health effects, raising the legal age in East Rutherford was an easy call, Mayor James Cassella said. The state Senate passed a bill in June that would raise the minimum age to...Read more