It’s not often I browse French eBay, but occasionally I do – which is how I came by this  very attractive ashtray.

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It was posted to me from Pont-à-Mousson, an industrial town, situated on the Moselle River, in north-eastern France.

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Tres bon etat ceramique bleue!

I don’t smoke, so I’m pondering a use for it, other than purely decorative.

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The ashtray appears to have been modelled on a ’70s JAPY REPORTER – an example of which can be seen here..

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… and also here (along with similar ashtray) in this Typewriters in Paris  RetroTechGeneva blog post.

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To give you a sense of size and scale, here’s the ashtray alongside my Empire Aristocrat…

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And again here…

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I’m fairly sure this ’70s ashtray did not feature in the movie Populaire,  which is just as well since the movie was set in the ’50s. Several ashtrays must have featured however, since leading man Romain Duris chain-smoked throughout the movie in true Serge Gainsbourg style.

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In their heyday, the now defunct French state-owned tobacco monopoly, Seita (famous for their Gauloises and Gitanes) must have given Olivetti a run for their lire when it came to the quality of their ad campaigns and product branding …

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These days, in Australia, we get product branding like this …

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So the question is: Would you rather live in a nanny state?

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Or live in a state of happy oblivion?

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