Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Atomic Tuesday: Kiss My Ash.

It's Atomic Tuesday, kiddies!

And this week's atomic find is this Vintage Set of 2 Star Glow by Royal China Ashtrays.

Political correctness, to hell with you I say! I love vintage ashtrays and collect them when I can score them for a song and a dance, which is becoming less frequent these days it seems. Has smoking gotten such a bad rep that people just throw out their old ashtrays, assuming no one smokes anymore? Firstly, I would never use an ashtray as cool as this, with it's starburst-y goodness, as an actual ashtray. It's just too cool to be schmutzed up. But if anyone else chose to, go right ahead, what the hell do I care? Smoke 'em if you got 'em, I say. Secondly, do people forget that you need not be a smoker to like vintage ashtrays? They have a plethora of other uses, such as holding spare change and that random key or single button that you just can't bring yourself to throw out because you just know one day you'll find the shirt that's missing that very same button and you'll eventually figure out that the key is actually a spare you had made because you kept losing them to your '86 Honda Civic, which you haven't even owned for 15 years but what a great feeling it is to finally figure it out and throw it away after all this time. You see where I'm going with this, right?


  1. Love the atomic pattern. We have a plate in this pattern at our etsy shop - bettyandjune.com. We also have some ashtrays, and will be adding more after the holidays, including a nice Bovano enameled one. Happy holidays. We enjoy your blog.

    Betty and June

  2. I've got a small collection of ashtrays going back as far as the 1930's...I use them for candy dishes. Funny thing is, the candy is probably worse for me than the damned cigarettes.