Browse through hundreds of ashtrays made in days-gone by at the Big Ashtray Museum. The Big Ashtray Museum is a collection of retro, vintage and antique art ashtrays accumulated since the late 1990’s. It consists of ashtrays discovered and SOLD by the collectors at Big Ashtray. The items in the Big Ashtray museum are no […]
About Vintage Ashtrays Choosing retro or vintage ashtrays is a smart buy. Ashtrays made in yesteryear outshine any modern ashtray in quality, durability and design. Many ashtrays made from the 1900’s to the 1980’s were designed by creative artists and were hand-crafted in glass or pottery studios throughout the world. They were decorative works of […]
The Rise, Decline and Rise of the Ashtray A story is told of King Henry V receiving a gift of cigars from Spain which imported tobacco from Cuba since the late 1400’s. Finding it much to his liking he arranged for ample supplies. To contain the ash and stubs, the first known ashtray of sorts was […]
A mystery that never was, is solved. The phrase ‘blowing smoke up your ass’ came from an 18th century medical procedure. Tobacco smoke up your rectum is ‘warming’ and thought to promote respiration.
The Big Ashtray Museum presents hundreds of documented art ashtrays made in days gone by when quality, form and function were manufacturing ideals. Click on the image below to enter.
Cigarette T.V. commercials were outlawed many years ago. The commercials below help explain why they were banned. Imagine Dr.s promoting cigarettes for health, cartoon characters smoking, mothers letting children ‘hold’ their cigarettes, famous actors promoting cigarette brands, and of course the allure of looking sexy or cool with a cigarette as an accessory. No wonder […]
Shameless print advertising bent on luring the population into believing cigarette smoking was glamorous and healthy. Today we know the intended messages were nonsense…and dangerous. However, the artistry and imagination of vintage cigarette advertising can still be admired and provide amusement.