Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Sometime back in the mid 90's, I went crazy with collecting vintage smoking memorabilia. There was something I found interesting and a bit sexy with these old items, most from the mid 30's-40's. Maybe it's the old black and white movies from that time - the ones that have the most glamorous of women grabbing a Ronson table lighter and lighting their cigarettes without a lung-cancer care in the world.
I used to scour flea markets, yard sales, auctions, anywhere I could find vintage items, and I usually could find something to add to my collection. Ebay helped me find several items, and people started giving them to me once they learned of my collection.
It was fun while it lasted, and I used to have the whole collection on display on top of my old entertainment center. I guess I either got tired of looking at them, or tired of polishing off the tarnish, but they have been packed away for a long time.
I recently took them out with the intention of putting them up for sale on Ebay, but when I started looking at what's already up for auction, I found that most of these items are fairly worthless. Since I couldn't just let them go for nothing, I packed them back up and put them back in the attic.
Take a gander at the slide show below, and you see all of the various items in my collection. Of note, the Evans Egg, (missing the lighter) the Ronson Mayfair, (one of my favorites) the Iymco Ejector Cigarette Case, (from 1927!) and one of the most interesting items of all, the "Snuff-a-rette" ashtray. (.50 yard sale find)