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On-Train Ashtrays

June 1st, 1999

The New Haven Railroad operated large numbers of intercity passenger trains right up through the end of its corporate existence effective January 1st, 1969. All long distance passenger trains on the New Haven operated cars which were equipped with smoking lounge facilities and the railroad always provided these cars with ashtrays. Many of these ashtrays were marked with the railroad's name or logo. Marking was done not only to identify the ashtrays as railroad property but also to turn them into advertisements for the New Haven after they were (inevitably) pilfered by passengers and brought home as souvenirs. Here are a selection of New Haven Railroad ashtrays from the 1930s-1960s. All ashtrays are from the collection of Marc Frattasio.

Blue GlassThis transparent glass ashtray, with blue painted script monogram, and six cigarette rests, was used in dining cars, parlor cars, and other passenger cars which were equipped with tables from the mid 1930s to the mid 1940s. The ashtray is 4 inches wide across the cigarette rests.

This transparent glass ashtray, which measures about 3 1/2 inches wide, has four cigarette rests. It was used primarily in dining cars from the late 1930s to the early 1950s. The emblem in the ash well is identical to that which marked plates ordered for the New Haven's first five Pullman Standard grill cars.Grill Car

Cast ScriptThis black 'unbreakable' bakelite plastic ashtray, with a cigarette rest in each corner, measures about 3 1/4 inches wide. You can't see it in the photograph but the ashtray has a raised 'The New York, New Haven, and Harford Railroad Co.' script monogram cast into the center of the ash well. This ashtray was made by the Samuel Lewis Company of New York City. This type of ashtray was used from the late 1930s to the mid 1950s.

This black 'unbreakable' bakelite plastic ashtray, with four cigarette rests, measures about 3 1/4 inches wide. It features gold painted engraved 'New Haven Railroad' lettering and was made by the Samuel Lewis Company of New York City. This type of ashtray was used from the late 1930s to (possibly) the Penn Central merger effective January 1st, 1969.Square New Haven

CircleThis black 'unbreakable' bakelite plastic ashtray, with two cigarette rests, measures about 5 1/2 inches in diameter. It features gold painted engraved 'New Haven R.R.' lettering and was made by the Samuel Lewis Company of New York City. Note the raised matchbook stand cast into the top of the ashtray. This type of ashtray was used from the late 1930s to (possibly) the Penn Central merger effective January 1st, 1969.

This unusual porcelain ashtray, with three cigarette rests, measures 5 1/2 by 3 3/4 inches. It was made by Chemin De Fer Industries of Glenwood, Colorado. The bottom appears to be shaped to fit into some kind of holder. It is possible that this ashtray was part of a smoking stand or sat in a receptacle in a sleeping car compartment. The McGinnis NH logo dates this ashtray as having been used between 1955 and the Penn Central merger.

Smoking StandThis rare stainless steel smoking stand features four cigarette rests and four drink holders. The smoking stand is about 2 feet high and yes, those are genuine railroad marked New Haven glasses in those holders. The NH logo on the base plate was engraved into an applied metal tag and then painted. This smoking stand was probably used in a parlor or lounge car between 1955 and the Penn Central merger.

PAST IMAGE PAGES

April 1999: Matchbooks

March 1999: Pilgrim Tours

February 1999: Special Trains of the 1950s and 1960s

January 1999: Ticket Envelopes

December 1998: Holiday Advertising Material

November 1998: New York City Travel Advertising Material

October 1998: Boston Travel Advertising Material

September 1998: The Hurricane of 1938 -- 60th Anniversary

July 1998: The New Haven Goes Back to Cape Cod

June 1998: The 1964/1965 New York World's Fair

May 1998: Official Gifts of the McGinnis Era

April 1998: System Timetables

March 1998: Pre-War Advertising Brochures

February 1998: New Haven Railroad Freight Service Advertising from the 1950s and 1960s

January 1998: The Snow Trains

December 1997: Hotel Montclair Advertisement ca. 1939


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