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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Traverse City Record Eagle, October 30th

Annabelle: A couple begin to experience terrifying supernatural occurrences involving a vintage doll shortly after their home is invaded by satanic cultists. Rated R for intense sequences of disturbing violence and terror. (HOR). Dracula Untold: Facing...Read more

Q3 profit up 17 percent for Norwegian Cruise Line
Travel Weekly, October 30th

Norwegian said construction of its next ship, Norwegian Escape, is on track for its scheduled October 2015 delivery. The company recently disclosed the ship will include a version of Tobacco Road, Miami's oldest bar, which recently closed after 112...Read more

Halloween playlist: 10 songs that are actually good and actually scary
Reverb (blog), October 30th

Thomas Fec, the musician behind electronic project Tobacco, needs to be enlisted to create the music for the next big sci-fi horror film. What is that in “Beast Sting?” A martian squeaking in your ear? And are those synths straight out of the “Alien...Read more

What's playing at the movies, Oct. 31
The Star Democrat (blog), October 30th

ANNABELLE (R) — A couple (Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton) experiences terrifying supernatural occurrences involving a vintage doll shortly after satanic cultists invade their home. Prequel to “The Conjuring.” Rated R for intense sequences of disturbing...Read more

Tiles: Decor's rich, long history continues to inspire designers
The Columbian, October 30th

In the U.S., the Reclamation collection from Crossville, based in Crossville, Tenn., is an urban-industrial mix of cement and tiles that looks like salvaged wood, with names like Steel City, Cotton Exchange and Tobacco Road. ( more

Film Clips: Oct. 30, 2014
Yakima Herald-Republic, October 30th

“BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP” — A woman who wakes up every day with no memory as the result of a traumatic accident in her past discovers terrifying new truths that make her question everything she thinks she knows about her life. Starring Nicole Kidman ...Read more

Uncorked: Every detail mapped out at Law Estate Wines
Kane County Chronicle, October 29th

A shiver fell over me as cellar master Orion Stang poured barrel samples of what will be an impressive 2011 vintage. No expense was spared at Law; it is a creative laboratory for Hawley and his staff to craft world-class wines. With a wine thief in one...Read more

Hop in a time machine to check out our past
Elmira Star-Gazette, October 29th

Artifacts dating from the Ice Age; Indian and tobacco exhibits, more. Open Tuesday ... 111 Cedar St. Permanent exhibits include American Western art, Indian artifacts, Navajo weavings, antique firearms, vintage Western toys and more. Admission $5.50 to ...Read more