While visiting my parents for Thanksgiving this past weekend, I took a little trip in the basement with Mom to see if there were any thrifty goods that I had not yet carried away to my house. It's pretty picked over, but Mom and I came up with this collection of vintage ashtrays.
Neither one of my parents smoked when I was growing up, but my mom explains, "You had to have an ashtray to offer to your guests!" Boy how things have changed. I hardly even know anybody who smokes. And many people who do smoke must do so in the garage or on the porch. Not something you want to do in Ontario in winter, in my opinion.
What I love about these ashtrays, particularly this cheery vintage orange plastic ashtray, is that they speak of fun times - parties with friends over drinks and hors d'oeuvres, warm nights gathered around card games while the snow falls outside. I know my parents and their friends liked to party, because back in the seventies and eighties, the kids would come with. My sister and I would fall asleep on a pile of coats or curled up next to each other on a couch. None of this, "I'm tired and I want to go home...right now" stuff.
Granted you can have just as much fun hanging out with friends without poisoning your lungs. I recall one party my parents had at which almost everybody was smoking. My black lab went into a sneezing fit the likes of which I never saw before or since.
Anyhoo, this stylishly shaped white ashtray was made by patients at the psychiatric hospital where my parents worked. The hospital had a little shop where they sold turtle-shaped plant holders and the like.
What would you do with these ashtrays in lieu of using them for cigarettes?
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