In this post, I would like to share with you, dear reader, my collection of postcards relating to pipes and tobacco. Unless otherwise noted, the following images are from my own collection and were photographed by me.
In collecting pipe-related ephemera, there are many options. Advertisements, such as the Zippo ad above, and these vintage ads that I have hung in my home office.
Additionally, one can collect tobacco tins, or illustrated tin inserts such as this one for Orlik's Golend Slices tobacco.
Another interesting avenue for some collectors is Tobacco Cards. These were similar to baseball cards and were packaged with pipe tobacco. A full set is illustrated below.
Ehwa, Carl jr., 1974, The Book of Pipes and Tobacco.
Some of the most common pipe related postcards are advertisements, for pipes, tobacco, and tobacconists.
Many postcards are found with what I call the "Pipedreams Valentine" theme. These cards were extremely common in the early Twentieth Century.
Another common type of card is the friendship card.
Some cards focus on particular nationalities, such as English, Dutch, or Irish.
Of course Santa is to be found among the ranks of famous pipe smokers!
And at last, everyone's favorite pipe smoker, Pop!