A very unique, never been opened playing card, ashtray, and lighter set, a promotional item for Hudepohl Brewery in Cincinnati, Ohio. The wooden stand contains two unopened packages of Congress Cel-u-tone Finish playing cards, one set with Red backs and one set with Blue, both card backs advertise Hudepohl "Process 14-K" with the Pure Grain Beer banner at the bottom and two stags perched on either side of a beer barrel.
Although we cannot find the date of manufacture, it seems likely it is a piece from the late fifties or sixties. A very mid-century "breweriana" piece for the Hudepohl fan or any collector.
By appearance, this set has never been used. It is in exceptional vintage condition without any visible damages. Cool sexy MCM style. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Let's talk about ashtrays. They never got any respect. They were the last things to get thrown into the dishwater at the bar (and probably chucked in from five feet away), dropped and beaten, thousands of cigars and cigarettes violently snubbed out in their faces over the years...It was a hard life for the best of them. Now they are either becoming a thing of the past or they are finding newer uses (check appropriate state laws.) They're survivors. There may be a couple of rough spots, but nothing that will hurt you to handle, or wash. They are useful conversation starters, and can be core decor. We assure you that if we're offering them to you, they are (of course) fabulous enough for us to even consider selling them. ~~ We sell select vintage items. They are not new, and rarely look new. They are, in many cases, older than we are, and have seen life and times. We do not repair or replace parts on any of the items we sell. They came to us in the condition they are now, and are sold as is.
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