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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Best of Tallahassee: Establishments
Florida Flambeau, March 25th

Tobacco shops, also commonly referred to as smokeshops or head shops, have been a longtime niche for those who are in search of any tobacco related products, which include (but aren't limited to) hookahs, glass pipes, cigars and of course, different...Read more

Storefronts filling up fast
Chippewa Herald, March 24th

Joining Town & Country Antiques at 244 East Main St. and Triangle Art & Antiques at 335 East Main St. are Cora's Corner (327 Main), Serendipity Antiques (436 Main), Estate Emporium (222 East Main) and The Store (230 East Main) which offers vintage...Read more

Instagram's Endangered Ephemera
The New Yorker, March 24th

the same with vintage packaging. But a detail that you might have overlooked on an old object stands out when presented in the tight frame of Instagram. The offset, overlapping greens on a box of Greenbrier menthol mild pipe tobacco, for instance...Read more

Hundreds explore antiques and collectibles
Hartford Courant, March 24th

were vintage Teddy bears, she said. In another nook, Gerry and Burnie Thompson of Storrs (known in that area for Thompson's General Store) displayed colorful collections of metal spice and tobacco boxes and binders full of 1890s advertising trade...Read more

Whiskey Rebellion: Blasting through Moonshine Country in a Lingenfelter-Blown ...
Car and Driver (blog), March 24th

Rooster leads us down a series of dirt roads until we're deep in the countryside, surrounded by woods and tobacco fields, our cars covered in dust. He halts the Plymouth next to a creek, and we all get out to take a look. “Now, if you were going to...Read more

Havana or Bust: How U.S.-Cuba Relations Will Impact Tourism
Knowledge@Wharton, March 23rd

Such diversions include catamaran tours on the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea; walking and driving tours of Havana seated in vintage 1950s American vehicles, and excursions to such remote tobacco-growing locales as the Viñales Valley, a unique ...Read more

Colorado Marijuana Study Finds Legal Weed Contains Potent THC Levels
NBCNews.com, March 23rd

And pot foes continue to link the rise of the marijuana industry to the long-ago advance of Big Tobacco. "This study is further evidence that Colorado legalization is not working. It proves that even under government control, there's no way to ensure...Read more

Chambersburg auction to feature rare, vintage baseball cards
Chambersburg Public Opinion, March 17th

Among the tobacco cards is one of Chambersburg area native Mike Mowrey, a third baseman in the early 1900s who played in the 1916 World Series against Babe Ruth. When Mowery died in 1947, more than 1,000 people gathered to remember him at ...Read more