Q: I have a substantial collection of old ashtrays from various places throughout the world, dating from the '30s, '40s and '50s, which belonged to my aunt.
Is there an Ashtray Collectors Club I can contact? Or how can I determine if they are worth anything?
A: Ashtray collecting is on the rise, and information on various types and related items can be found in the Ashtray Journal -- A Newsletter for Ashtray Collectors. It is available for $14.95 a year for six issues ($20.95 Canada) or $3.95 for a current or back issue from Ashtray Journal, P.O. Box 11652, Houston, Texas 77293. The journal is loaded with wanted ads.
A terrific book that shows, prices and describes many types of collectible ashtrays in color, along with other smoking-related items, is "Smoking Collectibles -- A Price Guide"; it is available for $26.95 postpaid from Ace Enterprises, P.O. Box 59354, Chicago, Ill. 60659.
The book also covers ashtray and match holder sets, along with cigarette packs, tins, holders, rollers, dispensers, cases, and other collectible items ranging from sheet music to advertisements glorifying smoking.