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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In the courts of Lincolnshire...
Lincolnshire Echo, February 27th

Mark Johnathon McKenzie, 37, of Room 49 Lincolnshire YMCA Ltd, St Rumbold Street, Lincoln, pleaded guilty to having a lock knife in a public place, failing to surrender to custody, theft of cigarettes and tobacco to a value unknown and possession of a...Read more

Fertitta name embraces special smokes
Shreveport Times, February 27th

With more aged tobacco that ammonia smell fades away and you're just left with more of that 'tobacco' smell. Then, of course, comes the lighting, the pre-draw ... You're going to end up paying the same amount to construct a toro as you will a robusto...Read more

You're never too young to know your LDL cholesterol level, February 27th

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Antiques & Collectibles: Metal and neon signs generate collector interest
Post-Bulletin, February 27th

In Eric Bradley's book "Picker's Pocket Guide to Signs," you'll find information and the discovery of all sorts of signs. Today, vintage advertising signs are more like vibrant pieces of artwork with unusual slogans and nostalgic character that has...Read more

Brewed Awakening's Hermannator vertical, 2011-14
The Province (blog), February 27th

But that's piffle compared to what Vancouver Island Brewery has to go through at the tail end of every summer to get the latest vintage of Hermannator on the shelves. VIB brewer Garritt Lalonde talked a bit more about this mighty brew in a recent video...Read more

9 apply for open seat on Mat-Su school board
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, February 26th

PALMER — After extending the deadline for candidates to apply, the Mat-Su Borough School Board has a list of nine candidates interested in replacing recently resigned board member Tiffany Scott. Board members will interview candidates and vote among ...Read more

Novak Djokovic Partners with Jacob's Creek
Wine Spectator, February 26th

The new AVA abuts much of the historic Fountaingrove property, which already sits in the Russian River Valley AVA, but the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) does not want subappellations to overlap as they have permitted in the past...Read more

New gun store offer silencers, automatic weapons
Midland Reporter-Telegram, February 24th

The new store features not only silencers, but also automatic weapons, with a .50-caliber machine gun in the center of the store and a well-kept World War I-vintage machine gun on a coffee table. Anderson also explained that S&K offers help acquiring...Read more