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 (listing now gone) 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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