Dec­o­ra­tive ash­trays be­came ac­ces­sories in the ‘50s and ‘60s

The Palm Beach Post - Residences - - Residences - Anne Gil­bert

I have a rub­ber ash­tray of my fa­ther-in-law’s. The glass inside is clear with the words Fire­sto­neon it. On the side­wall it is marked “Gum”-“F” in a shield-shaped logo. “Dipped Fire­stone”made in U.S.A and “Deluxe Cham­pion” are also im­printed. It is ap­prox­i­mately 6” x 2.”

Can you tell me any­thing about the value and if peo­ple col­lect ash­trays?

Your vin­tage ash- tray was made in the 1930s and 1940’s. Ash­trays are pop­u­lar with col­lec­tors. As an ad­ver­tis­ing col­lectible, it is one of many newly pop­u­lar ash­tray- col­lect­ing cat­e­gories.

Oth­ers in­clude land­mark places of busi­ness, now ob­so­lete. New York night­clubs, restau­rants and ho­tel ad­ver­tis­ing trays, also are fa­vorites.

A grow­ing cat­e­gory is Casino ash­trays. Hun- dreds were made by Las Ve­gas casi­nos and placed in mo­tels and ho­tels. Cruise ship ash­trays, such as the Nor­mandie are an­other spe­cial­ized cat­e­gory.

His­tor­i­cally, Art Deco de­sign ash­trays came into use in the 1920s when women be­gan to smoke. Ash­trays be­came dec­o­ra­tive ac­ces­sories for the home in the ’50s and ’60s when fa­mous de­sign­ers cre­ated them in ev­ery- thing from glass to sil­ver, alu­minum, mar­ble and crys­tal.

Your ash­tray sells on eBay for $30

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