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Object NameAshtray
Manufactured BySamuel Lewis Co. Inc.
DescriptionRound ashtray, color is a mottled brown. Has two rest areas for cigarettes and a raised area for a book and box of matches. Etched on rim, "EASTERN STEAMSHIP LINES, Inc." On bottom, "Samuel Lewis Co., Inc. 73 Barclay St. New York. / Patented U.S.A & Foreign Countries." Also, "M. [arshall] Naul/ April 1939" etched by hand at center. Around the bottom of the base of a round anti-slip rubber ring, now much deteriorated. Ashtrays and other tobacco-related items with the names of establishments on land (restaurants and hotels) and sea (cruise ships) have been common plastic products since the 1920s. This ashtray was made for the Eastern Steamship Company, originally formed by Charles Wyman Morse in 1901, from the merger of several East Coast shipping lines. In 1914 it declared bankruptcy, but almost immediately reappeared as Eastern Steamship Lines, and continued until the outbreak of war (in the US) in 1941, at which time it had eight major ships and dozens of smaller local vessels, which were put to war use. Only the Evangeline and the Yarmouth (both from 1927) were returned to the company after 1945. In 1954, they were sold, along with the company name, to F. Leslie Fraser." [for more see:] " Condition: Upper side faded
Dimensions5 1/2 in. (14 cm)
Date Manufactured1939
MaterialPhenol Formaldehyde (PF)
Manufacturing ProcessCompression Molded
Number of Objects1
Accession Number2005.34
DonorGift of National Plastics Center. Originally Gift of G. Marshall Naul.
Broad SubjectTobacco Related
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