Ashtrays have always been popular as collectibles, as they are available in a endless variety of forms. Originally designed and manufactured to be purely functional, ashtrays soon found their way into the advertising world as both promotional items and souvenirs. This book provides an easy way to explore the collectible world of ashtrays. Over 460 beautiful color photos of unusual ashtrays and companion pieces are included to help the collectors identify and price their own finds. Filled with interesting facts, it gives insight to the evolution of ashtrays, and explains how they became such hot collectibles. The many materials used in the production of ashtrays, including glass, ceramics, and porcelain, are also discussed in the book.
Jan Lindenberger resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She has lived there since 1977, but she is originally from Erie, Pennsylvania, where she first became a lover of antiques and, in 1972, an antique dealer. Jan's main interest and specialty is Black Memorabilia, of which she has one of the largest known collections in the U.S.A. She has written many books and articles on such subjects as Black Memorabilia, '50s and '60s collectibles, antiques, and vintage fashion.