Friday, January 8, 2010

The Comical Cigarette

Oh, at last. Finally. At last at a popular price! Because you can just imagine how exclusive and expensive this used to be, right?

It is just what we've all been waiting for: a cigarette dispenser/ashtray that looks like a toilet. When you pull the string attached to the tank, a cigarette pops out. What a joker that cigarette is.

It's comical - attractive - useful.

Comical? Depends on how much you've had to drink. Attractive? That's a comical idea right there. Useful? I guess.

Whatever shall we do with this thing?

Why, put it in the den! Show it to your party guests, it'll get everyone making the most sparkling conversation you can possibly imagine. But only have fun with this at "parties in the home." Do not pack it up and take it someone else's party. That would not be fun at all.

I saw something a lot like this once in the early 1970s. It was just the ashtray part. And they kept in in the bathroom on top of the toilet tank, not in the den. It was not attractive or fun though.

[From Billboard (where else?), December 18 1948.]

21 comments:

Lin said...

Oooh, I wanna go to a party that has one of those!

Tori Lennox said...

Wouldn't it be more appropriate for putting your cigarette butts in???

heidi said...

fun? what's not fun about toilets? cleaning them. no matter what matter has graced them in and of any shape & size.

vanilla said...

A excellent reason why we maintain a dustbin of history. Or is it a toiletbowl?

Barbara said...

That reminds me of the newish candy dispensers that issue the candy from their backside. Tasteless!!

Definitely a "brother" gift...
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Barbara
http://ifididnthaveasenseofhumor.blogspot.com

Bill said...

The attention to detail marks this as a quality product; the tile wall, the tiny toilet roll dispenser. This was probably sold at I. Magnin and Bergdorf-Goodman before it hit the common market.
I wonder what other splendors were available from Playtown Products?

Eric said...

I would buy a cigarette dispenser butler that hacked and coughed when you pulled one out. Not that I smoke, I'd just appreciate the irony of it all.

Hah, the word verification was 'entsma' which is very much reminiscent of a certain lung disease.

Richard @ The Bewildered Brit said...

Oh dear!

Mind you, if someone said about me "He's comical, attractive and useful" I'd be quite pleased!

Lidian said...

Lin - I can't quite imagine this party!

Tori - LOL! Yes, it would.

heidi - Oh yes, and there are some fun ads I've done about cleaning them (one involved lye, ugh)

vanilla - Probably both.

Barbara - Yes, we have those in Canada - they are moose. Lovely.

Bill - I was thinking it was weirdly detailed, too.

Richard - Yes, all good qualities in a person, but they don't apply to this kitschy little thing, really.

Lidian said...

Eric - Wouldn't that put the person off the cigarette? Mind you, maybe that was the idea. Whenever I think of a butler, I think of Jeeves, and cannot quite imagine him doing this sort of unsubtle thing.

Heaven only knows what Jeeves would think of this ashtray; not terribly much. Bertie Wooster would love it, though.

Frogs in my formula said...

What a conversation piece. My grandfather used to have an ashtray that sucked down cigarettes and made a swirling/clanking noise. As children, we used to love to watch him put out his cigarettes. Such a special memories...

Maureen said...

What a brainstorming session that must have been.

mike said...

What an incredibly tacky item! I wonder if they had a line of other toilet style products, like a bidet cigar cutter, or maybe a urinal shaped snuff holder.

I shoulda been in marketing.

DrJulieAnn said...

I showed the ad to My Honey. He is thinking about taking up smoking just so he can use one of these gems.

Yessiree, everything I know about class and elegance I learned from him!

Relax Max said...

If I had one of these I would sell it to Eric. Or perhaps convert it to a toothpick dispenser.

I hate these spammer comments lately. I guess you are getting them too.

Amy said...

what the heck? why would anyone want a cigarette dispenser that looks like a toilet? maybe cause cigarettes are $hit for your body? sorry couldn't resist that one...

Vintage Christine said...

Ooohhhh--I would LOVE to have one of those! I would put it next to my toilet bowl salt shaker and the little donkey that dispenses cigarettes out of his hiney. Toilette arte, la de dah!

Lidian said...

Frogs in my formula - That does sound fun!

Maureen - Yes, it was quite the thinktank. So to speak.

mike - Those are million dollar ideas!

DrJulieAnn - It does have a certain weird appeal.

Amy - I don't think they thought it through, really.

Christine - How nice, it would have friends!

Bill said...

Yes, Lidian! Bertie Wooster would find this ashtray enchanting, and Jeeves would place it in the rubbish bin as soon as Bertie's back was turned (along with Bertie's latest garish cravat).

Gosh, I could use a Jeeves around my house.

Lidian said...

Bill - Yes, I can just see it (played by Fry and Laurie)...I could also use a Jeeves, but he would be very disappointed in me, I fear ;)

Lidian said...

Not because I like this sort of thing, disappointed in a laundry-and-dust sort of way, I mean!