I got the stand that I wrote about in my last post. :-)
It’s in rough shape and will need to be repainted, as most of the gold paint has flaked off or is corroding off. Note the subtle difference between this stand and the one I found on Etsy last week that I posted about:
The only difference seems to be in the lay of the lines going up the side. I happen to like mine better, but it’s curious as to how two products would exist with such a minimal difference between them.
Looking at this stand, I wonder a couple things. Obviously the bottom is used for newspapers or magazines. But what about the top rack? The wide spaces between the bars makes it impractical for what you’d think it’d be for — holding cigarette packages or other smoking paraphernalia, keeping them close to the ash tray. However, I’d think it’d also be impractical for holding things like magazines or a telephone book, because really — who’d want paper products right next to the place where ashes would be flicked? The top rack is an enigma, for now. Any opinions as to what to use it for? Anyone have one of these stands in their house “back in the day”?
More importantly, does anyone have a rectangular ash tray measuring 5 5/8″ x 7 3/4″? Because, you know, I’m starting to feel like the search for this ash tray (one that has already commenced) is going to be akin to finding that good old needle in a haystack. Or finding the perfect shade of red lipstick. I’m still working on that one.