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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MiamiHerald.com, December 25th

The owner of a vintage car in Santiago de Cuba wants to use his 1950s automobile to squire tourists around the eastern Cuba city but the car is barely running and lacks the chrome adornments that will catch the eye of visitors. Now he can purchase...Read more

Saratoga: A year in review
Oroville Mercury Register, December 25th

The city received high marks in many reports, from its second consecutive "A" grade in the 2013-2014 Community's Health on Tobacco Report Card to its second safest city ranking by Movoto.com, the blog site of a national online real estate brokerage...Read more

Vinography Unboxed: Week of December 20, 2014
Vinography, December 24th

Roussanne is not typically what you'd expect to be grown in this cooler region of Napa, but Truchard has long produced one, and this particular vintage is excellent. Speaking of Carneros, the Cuvaison Estate Pinot Noir was a wonderfully pleasant...Read more

Delray throws family friendly New Year's party
Sun Sentinel, December 24th

Immelman said she will be spending most of her time at the Vintage Game Room inside the Vintage Gymnasium at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts. The game room features a "time warp" back to the 1980s, aimed at giving parents a blast back to their ...Read more

Alcohol calorie counts to be on menus by next year
Daily Commercial, December 24th

Lee says brand-specific menu calorie labels could be especially burdensome on the wine industry, where every vintage and varietal is different. Craft brewers, with many varied brands and styles, have similar ... Last year, Treasury's Alcohol and...Read more

First Night 2015 offers family events for all ages
Sun Sentinel, December 22nd

Parents can relive their misspent youth in the Vintage Game Room featuring pinball, video games and old-school board games - all backed with a 1980s soundtrack. "I, personally, will be hanging out in the Vintage Game Room at the Vintage Gymnasium at ...Read more

Latest Sips and Tips
Winston-Salem Journal, December 22nd

Plum, sour cherry, blackberry, herbs and tobacco on the palate. Medium tannins. Good acidity and balance. Still tasting fresh at .... —Moet & Chandon 2006 Grand Vintage Champagne, $60, France. Bread and apple aromas. High acidity with apple and lots...Read more

Twins tackle Tobacco Barn
Mountain Xpress, December 8th

My twin sees Asheville as the big “X” on the treasure map for all things vintage. She organizes her travel plans according to a strict visiting schedule of her favorite local markets like a doctor visiting her favorite patients. She says she can't wait...Read more