What Is It?
Ashley Plaine of Petrolia, Ont., writes, “My son bought a home in Sarnia, Ont., and a couple of these objects were left behind by the owner. They each weigh 40 pounds and measure 19½ inches in height. I hope someone can tell us what they were used for.”
According to Joyce Nicolson of Victoria, last issue’s mystery item submitted by J. Hans Hofenk of Abbotsford, B.C., is a cigarette lighter. “The item shown is just a part of a larger piece,” explains Joyce. “The whole set consists of two ashtrays, a lighter and a cigarette holder on a stand. My parents bought one back in the 1940s or 50s. By the 1970s, the new cigarettes were too long for the holder! I still have this set (shown at right).” Thanks to Joyce and all who wrote in! Go to ourcanada.ca/what-is-it to identify this issue’s mystery item. Do you have a thingamajig of your own you can’t identify? Send it along and it may appear on this page! See page at left for our address.