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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Designer wheels
The Hindu, August 23rd

In Malaga, on the south coast of Spain, the Museo Automovilistico (automobile museum), which is devoted to 'the car as a work of art', has 93 vintage cars of various brands: Bugatti, Auburn, Bentley, Jaguar, Ferrari, Rolls Royce, Mercedes … Worth...Read more

Local shops offer unique clothes, jewelry and more
Journal and Courier, August 22nd

The basement shop sells vintage clothing, skateboards, hookah and tobacco products. If you go: 316½ W. State St., West Lafayette; 765-743-8733; open 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Hot House Market. Independent and locally ...Read more

Furnitureland South opens Restoration Vintage gallery
Triad Business Journal (blog), August 22nd

The gallery, which is located on the first floor of Furnitureland South's Mart building, features eclectic handmade, antique reproduction and vintage-inspired furniture as well as lighting, rugs and accessories. It features brands by Curations, Four...Read more

Thinking of a higher place
Royal Gazette, August 22nd

tobacco, black cherry and overall a gorgeous purity of fruit. $134.70. Sanctus is a special cuvee (blend) of predominately very old Merlot from a choice spot in a vineyard called La Bienfaisance (charity). We have the 2008 vintage of Sanctus which...Read more

DANIEL COSTON — DANIEL COSTON
News & Observer, August 21st

• Friday's Big Star show is part of the 25th-anniversary festival of UNC-Chapel Hill's Southern Folklife Collection. Also part of the festivities are Rebirth Brass Band and Dumpstaphunk at UNC's Memorial Hall Friday night. An eclectic Saturday...Read more

Somerville has something for everyone
Cherry Hill Courier Post, August 21st

The 343-acre Duke Island Park, along the Raritan River, offers plenty to do, just across the township line from Duke Farms, the former estate of philanthropist and tobacco heiress, the late Doris Duke. ... Somerville also caters to antique fans...Read more

Pick a color: Your weekend by Metro line
GW Hatchet (subscription), August 21st

Don't miss Red Onion Records & Books (1901 18th St. NW), an independent store for vintage vinyls and books, or Claude Taylor Photography (1627 Connecticut Ave. NW), a small gallery crammed with hundreds of photos from one man's world ... Among the high...Read more

Connecticut's Delightful, Quirky Museums
Hartford Courant, August 20th

The Connecticut Valley Tobacco Museum in Windsor's Northwest Park commemorates a commodity that has declined from over 30,000 acres in 1920 to about 2,500 today. Located in a 1930s tobacco shed, it was started by ... If you want artifacts that talk...Read more