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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WHAT'S GOING ON
Bismarck Tribune, August 27th

Vintage Gifts Shoppe, 11 a.m.ñ 3 p.m. Proceeds benefit Missouri Valley Historical Society. Info: 701-220-6311. Capital in Farm .... Assistance with quitting smoking and tobacco use, Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health, 500 E. Front Ave. Info: 701-355-1540...Read more

Museum & Gallery Listings for Aug. 28-Sept. 3
New York Times, August 27th

facsimile of the Flushing Remonstrance (1657), a petition for religious tolerance given to Peter Stuyvesant, director-general of the settlement, as well as contemporaneous objects, like a Dutch tobacco box, a Bible and “Meet the Activists” kiosks...Read more

Many Threads Run Through This Fall's Fashion Tapestry
Hartford Courant, August 27th

Michael Kors' collection for fall included plenty of vintage ensembles that looked as though they came right out of a British country house — high round collars peeping out at the top of a sweater cinched with a thin belt, well-behaved skirts, cape...Read more

The Quest for Reasonably Priced Domestic Pinot Noir
Wall Street Journal, August 27th

The latter can be a particularly good source for inexpensive Pinot Noir in an outstanding vintage, according to Ian Dorin, wine director of Wine Library in Springfield, N.J., who thinks Oregon delivers the “best bang for the buck” in reasonably priced...Read more

Finding Flow
Concord Monitor, August 26th

Each summer, for a half dozen years, me and a small crew of filmmakers set off and make one very short film, something that's cooked up on a shoestring budget, always searching for that perfect beat. And we work hard to line those beats up, as a...Read more

Discarded objects are being reborn as light fixtures
Waco Tribune-Herald, August 26th

And it's become a career for Robert Nicholas in Asheville, North Carolina, whose dramatic showpiece chandeliers made from all kinds of vintage objects sell for up to $6,000. Nicholas' materials range from the wooden roof of an old gazebo to tobacco...Read more

See Carrie Underwood's Smoldering 'Smoke Break' Video
RollingStone.com, August 25th

Written by Underwood with frequent collaborators Hillary Lindsey and Chris DeStefano, "Smoke Break" is an ode to hard-working folks who can use a respite, even if it doesn't involve tobacco. The Randee St. Nicholas-helmed video begins with Underwood...Read more

Wine of the Week: Rosenburg Estates The Buzz
Las Vegas Review-Journal (blog), August 25th

On the nose: There is an impressive onslaught of creme de cassis, boysenberry sorbet, crushed ripe Bing cherries, tobacco box, cedar and tons of vanilla and oak references with underlying soft black fruit crush compote, herbs de Provence and earth...Read more