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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5 Douro reds to try
Washington Post, April 24th

Named for a migratory bird that visits the Douro during spring, this elegant wine displays red-fruit flavors with some of the leafy tobacco notes characteristic of Douro and its ports. ABV: 13 percent. Country Vintner: Available in the District at...Read more

'Quiet Ones' well produced but more creaky than creepy
Kenosha News, April 24th

LOS ANGELES — Paying homage in style and theme to the vintage horror movies of the 1970s, “The Quiet Ones” is the latest stylish shocker from Hammer, the recently reactivated classic U.K. studio imprint. Mixing creaky haunted-house and exorcism tropes...Read more

'The Quiet Ones' is more creaky than creepy
Norwich Bulletin, April 23rd

But they still grate, and sit oddly alongside the film's high technical polish. Production design is strong, capturing the washed-out tobacco browns and bell-bottomed post-hippie fashions of the era. Connoisseurs of vintage British rock will enjoy a...Read more

Good and Bad in Stylish Horror Film
The Ledger, April 23rd

Paying homage in style and theme to the vintage horror movies of the 1970s, "The Quiet Ones" is the latest stylish shocker from Hammer, the recently reactivated classic U.K. studio imprint. Mixing creaky haunted-house and exorcism tropes with a nod to...Read more

TGIF: Happenings -- what's coming up in Northeast Ohio starting April 25
News-Herald.com, April 23rd

GROG SHOP, 2785 Euclid Heights Blvd., presents Sam Roberts Band, April 25; Devin the Dude, Berner, Potluck, April 26; Margot & The Nuclear So & So's, Kate Meyers, April 27; Tobacco, The Stargazer Lilies, Forest Management, April 28; Local H, Archie...Read more

Review: 'Quiet Ones' is more creaky than creepy
Lake County News Sun, April 23rd

Article Extras. Story Image. LOS ANGELES — Paying homage in style and theme to the vintage horror movies of the 1970s, “The Quiet Ones” is the latest stylish shocker from Hammer, the recently reactivated classic U.K. studio imprint. Mixing creaky...Read more

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Washington Observer Reporter, April 23rd

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Las Vegas Review-Journal (blog), April 22nd

There are subtle hints of oak, spice box, sweet tobacco and ground chocolate as well, underlying the attractive aromatics emanating from the bowl of the glass. On the palate: We find that the wine is indeed a rich and quite concentrated palate-pleaser...Read more