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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Wine Time: Handcrafted Pinot Noir is something special
Pensacola News Journal, July 29th

The 2013 vintage has scored excellent marks in Vivino, a user-based app that finds a bazillion wines and where to get them. The grapes ... I don't get as much jory soil as anticipated in the bouquet and first taste, just plummy tartness and tobacco...Read more

Things To Do In London This Weekend: 2-3 August 2014
Londonist, July 28th

FEAST: Feast food festival returns to Tobacco Dock this weekend with top London restaurants, street food and food traders all tempting you with their delicious fare. ... VINTAGE FAIR: Jumble & Pearls Vintage Fair returns to The Book Club in Shoreditch...Read more

Blake Lively Website “Preserve” Earns a Lot of Haters; Blake Lively Site ...
TravelersToday, July 28th

The backdrop of the Blake Lively website is set against a variety of wood textures, old vintage fonts, and sepia-colored photography. Usually, these tactics would have given its viewers and audience a feeling of nostalgia. However, when they are just...Read more

Toughest jobs in sports: Baseball card shop owner
Yahoo Canada Sports (blog), July 26th

The market for rare vintage cards remains as viable as ever today among serious collectors willing to invest hundreds or even thousands of dollars, but newer cards don't inspire the interest from either kids or casual baseball fans that they once did...Read more

Ali Corder/Daniel Barnard/Jess Quinn at Tobacco Factory café/bar, Bristol ...
Bristol Post, July 25th

At the Tobacco Factory next week are some beguiling prints, illustrations and upcycled curios by Bristol-based artist Ali Corder. Ali's work has a strong retro or vintage theme, with well-loved objects, keepsakes and materials given new life in...Read more

Nibbles & Bits: Does Imbibe have a wine deal for you
Bakersfield Californian, July 24th

While many wineries are sold out of their 2010 vintage, Silver Oak is releasing this special bottling. This wine is a vibrant elegant expression of the vintage. It has a deep color and enticing nose of cassis liqueur, blackberry, tobacco, tarragon and...Read more

Controlling Interest
Cigar Aficionado, July 24th

His company owns two tobacco farms in Nicaragua, the 8,000 square-foot TaviCusa factory in Estelí and a portfolio of more than 100 brands, each of them distributed through Rocky Patel Premium Cigars Inc. out of Naples, Florida. Add to that the giant...Read more

After 128 Years of Rolling Them, Tampa Is Close to No Cigars
New York Times, July 21st

Today, the 150 cigar factory sites that dotted this historic neighborhood once redolent with the aroma of tobacco have faded away, one by one, done in by cigarettes, health concerns, the trade embargo on Cuba and competition from abroad. Many were torn...Read more