There was a lot of cigarette smoking in the 1950s and 1960s, so much so that bathroom fixture designers were on a competitive rampage to sell you special cigarette and ashtray holders that could fit right into your sleek, new bathroom. Above: A New Old Stock Hall Mack bathroom ash tray for sale on ebay right now, new old stock, is the most basic of what we see out there. Let’s take a closer look at this, and then, at 7 other designs of vintage recessed bathroom ash trays and cigarette holders that really dial things up a notch:
Hall-Mack Coronado Ash Tray
It’s always nice to see the original packaging and in this case, the original glass ash tray. Hall-Mack was based in Los Angeles 7, California. Who knows postal dates? When did more numbers come along? Thanks to ebay seller dave-gons41 for giving me permission to show these photos.
And golly, clicking around I see even more even MORE New Old Stock Hall Mack bathroom ash trays from other sellers. Hey, if there’s a no-smoking policy in your bathroom, these would be good for rings and such.
Rare mystery revolving toilet paper holder + ash tray
Above: A real rarity that I found in the bowels of the World of Tile. It’s revolving toilet paper holder that also revolves to present an ash tray. The ash tray is kind of like… a seat on a Ferris wheel. I traded my friend Ellen this woddity. I got her rare fish tiles, also found at World of Tile, which are now biding time in the bowels of my basement.
(Ferris wheel trivia: Who else read Devil in the White City? Magnificent, chilling true story!)
Hall-Mack Relaxation Units — two designs!
Hall-Mack Relaxation Units packed a lot of features into their recessed wall thingy holder, including a a niche for your smokes, matches and ash tray, along with space for reading materials so you could … sit back and not rush things.
And lookie this, I discovered this smaller horizontal Relaxation Unit, circa 1956, in an online catalog here. And now we count: Eight!
In all: 5 different brands of Relaxation Units, with rooms for your smokes
I actually have photos and other materials on five different brands of Relaxation Units — it was a Relaxation Unit Moonshot!
See all the designs in this story >> Hall-Mack, Satin Glide, Family Hospitality, Perma-Bilt, and a Mystery Unit.
Additional New Old Stock Hall-Mack treasures on ebay right now:
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