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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Home of the Week: A private peek into a home once owned by the Pope, May 28th

Long a tobacco farm, it transitioned over several generations to growing other crops and raising livestock. .... A doorway leads to the slightly more formal living room which is watched over by a vintage taxidermy fox perched high on a wooden cabinet...Read more

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

As a result of the foreign multinationals in the tobacco world the farmers are getting a very poor deal for their product. According to the statistics of the PTB, the world prices for FCV tobacco are indicated below: The above reveals that the best...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