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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Colourful characters add some flavour to update of city game
The Argus, May 24th

New stop-offs also include the London to Brighton vintage car run and The Basketmakers Arms in Gloucester Road to seek out the messages tucked into the pub's tobacco tins. The game has now been extended to beyond the city limits up to Devil's Dyke and ...Read more

Art openings, classes, events in and around Asheville
Asheville Citizen-Times, May 23rd

“Blue Mountain” by Mark Reigelman explores themes of industrial and environmental impact of Western North Carolina's historically-important and detrimental industries: tobacco, timber and textiles. This hand-on activity allows visitors to interact with...Read more

The SNP adventure arrives in Westminister - but how long before these new MPs ...
The Independent, May 23rd

You'd think that seeing the Commons through newcomers' eyes would wake the old timers up to the way that Parliament is perceived in the outside world: the subsidised bars; the arguments over the proper vintage of champagne; the stupid rituals; the...Read more

Newcomers, favorites at Whitaker Music Fest Free concert series, picnicking in ...
Alton Telegraph, May 22nd

His group Guerrilla Swing, consisting of Mark Wallace on upright bass, Kristian Baarsvik on saxophones and Kevin Cheli on drums, pays homage to the great tradition that is jazz with a vintage swing sound, while simultaneously creating music that is...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

Asheville's River Arts District: Where arts, artists flourish in recycled ...
Charlotte Observer, May 22nd

Splurge, 37 Paynes Way, sells unique upcycled wares: a comfy easy chair and stool made from old tires, one-of-a-kind lighting fixtures created from wooden tobacco stackers, old metal turbines and other cast-offs, and thick volumes of vintage Reader's...Read more

Rosé Wine From Provence Deserves to Live a Little
New York Times, May 21st

For the great mass of consumers who each summer demand the newest vintage of rosé, such advice borders on sacrilege. The world knows rosé as an ephemeral wine, easy and simple, to be consumed thoughtlessly and uncritically by the side of the pool, ...Read more

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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