Tag Archives: Tobacco

Smoke Rings: Collecting Vintage Ashtrays

Smoke Rings: Collecting Vintage Ashtrays

By Donald-Brian Johnson Ever watch Mad Men? If you were one of the many fans of that series, which meticulously recreated American life in the early 1960s, after awhile you started to notice something: nearly everyone on Mad Men smoked.

Great Collections: October 2017

Great Collections: October 2017

Match Safes and Little People A Conversation with Dr. Howard Knohl of The Knohl Collection by Judy Gonyeau, Managing Editor It is said that Museums showcase only 5% of their collection at any given time; however private collectors Dr. Howard

Native American Red Stone Pipes

Native American Red Stone Pipes

By William A. Turnbaugh, Ph.D. Native American traditions and mythology highlight the regard that the New World’s people have long held for their smoking pipes. Links between the tobacco pipe, the gods and the tribe stand forth in the belief

Cigar Tip Cutters and Lighters of the Late 19th Century and Early 20th Century

Cigar Tip Cutters and Lighters of the Late 19th Century and Early 20th Century

By Michael Eckles Preparing to smoke a fine cigar can be a long and luxurious process that involves a series of steps and accessories to ensure it will smoke as intended. Two of the most important tools for the cigar

The Early History of Cigarettes in America

The Early History of Cigarettes in America

By Richard Elliot When Christopher Columbus reached the West Indies in 1492, the natives greeted him with fruit, wooden spears and “certain dried leaves which gave off a distinct fragrance.” The Spanish sailors in Columbus’ crew appreciated the fruit but

Up to Snuff

Up to Snuff

Collecting Antique Snuff Boxes Story and Photos by Donald-Brian Johnson Hmmmm… Just what are those elaborate little boxes intended for, anyway? Trinkets? Change? Cufflinks and earrings? Breath mints? The answer: none of the above. These exquisite examples of design artistry

What are Figural Tobacco Jars?

What are Figural Tobbaco Jars? РThe Journal of Antiques and Collectibles РSeptember 2000 by Joseph Horowitz, M.D. Many of us can recall the calm deliberative pipe smoker encased in his aromatic cloud. A major component of his life style

The Secrets Of Cigarette Dispensers Revealed

The Secrets Of Cigarette Dispensers Revealed РThe Journal of Antiques and Collectibles РJune 2000 By Bill Towne Motivation to begin a collection can sometimes come when you least expect it. Twenty years ago I began collecting traveling cups and