Monday, November 30, 2009

The Video Gewgaw, Butt Receptacles

Why collect ashtrays when one doesn't smoke? Good question. I do like the graphics on vintage ashtrays, and you may recognize one of the ash trays in this video from a previous Gewgaw posting. It's certainly not a huge collection by any means, just a few odds and ends casually acquired during short jaunts at a thrift.

Smoking is an activity with a certain amount of mystery and attitude - who didn't want to be a smoker after watching gorgeous old film stars smoke all over the big screen. I swear, if I didn't think it would kill me, I'd be puffing away right now.

I still like to pretend with a toothpick.

My mom stopped smoking when I was about 6 years old - she claims she quit when the price went up a nickel. She was never a heavy smoker; she maybe smoked 2-3 cigarettes a day. Never did I see her walk around with a cigarette hanging off her lip, ashes drooping and dropping off while she went about her day. She would always be seated - at our breakfast nook with a cup of coffee, or in the living room when entertaining. She really enjoyed it and relished those few moments of pure adult satisfaction. I really liked watching her - to this day I'm amazed I never picked up the habit.

Her ashtrays were always very clean.

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