PUFFS FROM THE PAST

Hong Kong Tatler - - Life | Collecting -

A To­ken of El­e­gance: Cig­a­rette Hold­ers in Vogue is an in­ti­mate look at Carolyn Hsu-bal­cer’s col­lec­tion of more than 400 pieces. Writ­ten by Martin Barnes Lor­ber and Re­becca Mcna­mara, with a fore­word by Carolyn, and pho­tog­ra­phy by John Bigelow Tay­lor and Dianne Dubler, the book takes the reader on a jour­ney through the his­tory of to­bacco con­sump­tion, from its be­gin­nings in the rit­u­als of pre-colom­bian cul­tures, via pop­u­lar­ity in royal cir­cles and the glam­our days of Hol­ly­wood, to the cur­rent e-cig­a­rette craze. Carolyn’s col­lec­tion cov­ers the gamut of hold­ers, in­clud­ing the first one made by Fabergé and dis­pos­able promotional ver­sions given out dur­ing the Roar­ing Twen­ties.

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