Miscellaneous Week: When Smoking Was Cool

Smoking may not be good for you but at one point it was glamourous. I have old auction catalogues filled with jewel encrusted cigarette cases and lighters and amber and ivory pipes and holders. I’ve seen beautiful glass match strikes and elegantly engraved match safes. And don’t forget about whimsical cigar cutters and clever lighters. I don;t have anything like that, of course. I found this leather bound cigarette case and copper and plastic holder in a box on the sidewalk a couple of years ago. But even at the most workaday level, smokers still had rituals and accessories devoted to their habits.