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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Stars at S. Laurent, Valli makes Clooney wife coup
GoDanRiver.com, September 29th

'Project Tire' still spinning as loan repurposed. “Project Tire” — the code name for a prospective economic development project — has changed so much the Tobacco Commission has repurposed its $1 million award. .... The film, that's inspired by...Read more

Wine With A View: Delta's Difference, At 30000 Feet
Forbes, September 29th

But a wine from the 2006 vintage? It's would be a treat to find it in a restaurant or wine bar, much less on an airplane somewhere over Liverpool. This wine caught Robinson's eye not only because of its age and heritage but also because of what the age...Read more

Tour ideas roll in as Gaston hunts for train operator
Charlotte Observer, September 28th

Built in 1911 by tobacco and electric power mogul James Buchanan Duke, the Piedmont & Northern Railway hauled passengers between Gastonia and uptown Charlotte before shutting down in the 1950s. It then became a freight route that eventually played out...Read more

New office building could block vintage ads, but Secchia family wants to save them
MLive.com, September 26th

The demolition project, the largest downtown in several years, revealed two turn-of-the-century banner advertisements hidden from view for more than a century on the north side of Rockwell & Republic restaurant and bar. One ad is for Battle Ax Plug...Read more

Restaurant owner: Let's preserve early 1900s tobacco ad revealed by wrecking ...
Mlive Kalamazoo, September 26th

“We'd like to see it preserved, for sure,” Reinert said about the vintage Battle Ax Plug Tobacco ad revealed on the north wall of Republic by demolition of the next-door 41 S. Division Ave. MuCurrin Building on Tuesday, Sept. 23. Unfortunately, it's...Read more

Demolition reveals vintage Battle Ax tobacco ad on Grand Rapids building
MLive.com, September 24th

One appears to be for heating equipment and the other for Battle Ax Plug Tobacco, a vintage brand of chewing tobacco sold by the North Carolina-based American Tobacco Company, a dominant player in the tobacco market broken up into several major ...Read more

Tobacco buyout comes to end
The Robesonian, September 19th

Contributed photo |Tobacco croppers work at a farm in Fairmont in this vintage photo. Tobacco farms once thrived in Fairmont, but the industry has steadily shrunk in and out of Robeson County because of negative attitudes towards smoking, the advent of ...Read more

Tobacco stolen from the Vintage Corner Store in Woodridge
mySteinbach.ca (blog), August 27th

On August 19, 2014, in the late afternoon, two males and one female entered the Vintage Corner Store in Woodridge, Manitoba and stole several cartons of cigarettes and a tub of tobacco. Suspects wanted by police in connection to a theft at the Vintage ...Read more