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