Thursday, August 13, 2009

Robin has a question.

Robin, who has made huge contributions to this blog, has a question for us this time instead of an answer. She wants to know about the lighter depicted. The only thing that I can say about it is that almost everyone in the Fifties had one just about like it. It was a very popular style. If you click on the photo it will enlarge it for you.

Maybe she should take it to "The Antiques Road Show".

Hi, Ernie,

I've been cleaning out drawers, etc. & came across this cigarette lighter in my stash of "old stuff". It belonged to my grandfather & was given to my husband after Grandpa died as my husband was born in Scotia. I don't know how old it is but we've owned it about 20 years.
Obviously, it was a promotional tool but I'm wondering if you or any of your readers might know anything more about it. Was it a one-time advertisement for a special occasion, for instance, or was there a basket of these on the counter at Scotia Inn all the time... that sort of thing.
Any help & info will be appreciated.


Greg said...

PL put out some great memorabilia. I may still have some redwood pencils, and I remember a small souvenir plaque made of redwood. On the plaque - a poem; something about trees (surprise).

Bunny said...

Robin, try these folks. They are established antique dealers and they answer these kinds of questions.

Ernie Branscomb said...

Sorry Bunny. I found it.
Click here: kovels


pretty neat lighter!hang on to it! i'm a flatlander now,but i was born in SCOTIA also.

Ekovox said...

I can smell the aroma of the lighter flame hitting the tip of the Lucky Strikes and billowing into a puff of smoke. My uncle worked for PL at one time. He had had a drawer full of Zippo era lighters, but none this nifty. Although smoking is now an abomination, the memories of my grandparents and uncles smoking are quite strong.

I would bet there is a matching ashtray.

Mr. Nice said...

Judging from the inscribed "Howard," this lighter belonged to a fellow named Howard. Or not.

This looks like one of those lighters that businesses purchased by the dozen in place of business cards.

At auction, this lighter could expect to fetch $25.

(chime sound)
Scotia Inn Lighter: $25.

I would keep it. It probably still works fine.