Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Blah Tuesday...

...which probably explains why I think this 1930's Ronson cigarette dispenser is kinda cool.  Understandably, I do not wish to fork out $600+ for it so it will remain a pleasure denied at this point.

And no, I do not smoke cigarettes...at least not regularly...haven't smoked one in probably a decade, but when I did it was an occasional Camel filterless.  I just liked the smell, and like that great leader of days gone by, "I didn't inhale"...only in my case, it happens to be true.

Yes, a child of the 50's and 60's, I was raised by the WWII generation and grew up in a smoke filled home.  Unlike the wussified milquetoasts of today, it didn't bother me...my folks were good people and I have good memories from those days.

I suppose that's one of the reasons the Mad Men series grabbed me by the throat when it came out a few years ago...those people - minus the over dramatized, hyper sexualized escapades - were the adults in my world.  Men wore suits with fedoras, women sported dresses, they smoked cigarettes and drank cocktails in our living room.  I admired their sophisticated conversation, impeccable manners, and fashion sense...beat the hell out of the dumbed down drivel, boorish behavior, and neon hair with facial hardware of today.  Am I old yet?  Oh yeah...

A favorite item...the Marx Yeti with original box:

The box is pretty rough...it looks like they took what was left of the original and tried to join it to one that was still more or less intact.

Here's a video of Mr. Abominable in action:

This one is in great condition...he raises his arms and shrieks like he's supposed to, and shuffles forward...won't win any foot races - Rudolph and Hermie aren't in any immediate danger - but if the floor is level and not too slick, he'll eventually make his way to the goal.

Hasta manana, mcm fans...

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