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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Wallace Stevens Wrote a Handful of Beautiful Poems and a Lot of Tosh
Washington Free Beacon, October 3rd

Vintage Books has now published a corrected edition, albeit only in paperback. ... He's just laughing at poor people, or rather, at his idea of what poor people might be like, if he knew any: cheap tobacco and homemade custard, thrift (even recycling!) ...Read more

Home of the Week: Linthicum Walks is getting ready for its closeup, October 2nd

The six-acre tract with one farmhouse, a dairy house and a family cemetery are all that remain of a more than 350-acre tobacco farm established about 1669 by Thomas Linthicum after he moved north from Londontown. Earlier, he emigrated to Maryland from...Read more

PRS unveils limited-run SE A10E acoustic guitar models, October 2nd

bird inlays finish the look. Elsewhere, an under-saddle pickup is controlled via soundhole-mounted volume and tone controls. The PRS SE A10E is available now in four finishes – Antique White, Cherry Sunburst, Tobacco Sunburst and Vintage Cherry...Read more

Burke Residents Open Belle Jar Design Business in Clifton
Virginia Connection Newspapers, October 1st

So it's fitting the duo is holding the grand opening of their Belle Jar Design retail store for vintage furniture and reclaimed rustic design items on the town's 48th annual Clifton Day festival. #Cohen and Taylor, previously amateur vintage market...Read more

Nicky Morgan considering standing for Tory leadership when David Cameron quits
The Independent, September 30th

Britain's second female Prime Minister could be another Conservative, after Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said she was considering standing when David Cameron quits. Mr Cameron has said he plans to step down before the next election, meaning his ...Read more

'Upcycling' turns vintage items into décor, September 19th

The gazebo-turned-chandelier is going to be a showpiece for a local brewery; the tobacco-stakes fixture ended up in Miami. “You're taking something that may feel more indigenous to a cabin in North Carolina and you're putting it in a modern home in...Read more

Vintage Faygo, tobacco signs expose Detroit's history
Livingston Daily, September 13th

Another advertisement, for tobacco on the city's west side, has been well-preserved and continues to be visible on a building near the intersection of Michigan Avenue and St. James Street. Adam Borkowski tipped off the Free Press about this sign, with...Read more

Blight removal brings some Detroit history to light
Detroit Free Press, September 11th

Readers shared sightings of vintage Detroit advertisements found on brick walls after seeing a Free Press story last week about a Vernor's sign exposed after a razing on the city's west side. But a grim discovery illustrates the vulnerability of these...Read more