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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GW Hatchet (subscription), August 21st

Don't miss Red Onion Records & Books (1901 18th St. NW), an independent store for vintage vinyls and books, or Claude Taylor Photography (1627 Connecticut Ave. NW), a small gallery crammed with hundreds of photos from one man's world ... Among the high...Read more

Papi matches Williams for 30-homer seasons, August 20th

to raise his average from .250 to .263. "It's sort of like it was last season in the postseason," said right-hander Clay Buchholz. "He wants to be the guy at the plate in the big situation and I think everyone on the club wants the same thing. That...Read more

Connecticut's Delightful, Quirky Museums
Hartford Courant, August 20th

The Connecticut Valley Tobacco Museum in Windsor's Northwest Park commemorates a commodity that has declined from over 30,000 acres in 1920 to about 2,500 today. Located in a 1930s tobacco shed, it was started by ... If you want artifacts that talk...Read more

Auburn-area community calendar | Aug. 20
Auburn Reporter, August 20th

More than 500 spectators made the trek to Pacific City Park last Saturday to view 123 classic custom hot rods and other vintage vehicles of yesteryear at the 22nd annual Terry Home Show & Shine. .... Living Tobacco-free Weekly Free Support Group: 6 p.m...Read more

Lunch boxes are about style, not just sustenance
Charleston Daily Mail, August 20th

A rather retro uncle from coastal Florida had sent this vintage Beatles lunch box to commemorate the first day of school. The theme was “Yellow Submarine” and it would be used to protect a sandwich bearing a similar name. ... Archives at the...Read more

Missouri Braces for a New Michael Brown
Daily Beast, August 19th

The Center for Consumer Freedom was created in 2000 from an earlier group, the Guest Choice Network, which got its “seed money” from Philip Morris, the tobacco company, now known as Altria. “The money funded a specific campaign related to smoking...Read more

Tasting held of Napa Valley & French superstars
Napa Valley Register, August 18th

The oldest wine was the dual vintage 1959-1960 Cresta Blanca, a sweet Semillon phenomenon of its time, and the youngest, a set of 1973 Napa Valley cabernet sauvignons. What the selections also shared, placing them on equal footing had a competition ...Read more

Florida AG Calls Proposed FDA Tobacco Regs 'Overbroad', August 17th

have requested an exemption to the new rules for companies that don't mass-produce cigars, such as J. C. Newman, said the report. The FDA is already considering an exemption for premium cigars that are handmade. J.C. Newman uses vintage machines...Read more