Vintage Reliance Laundry Ashtray

R145.00

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Vintage Reliance Laundry Ashtray

R145.00

I can’t believe that I’ve never thought about it before, but ‘Joburg’ is actually meant to be spelled with an apostrophe – as in ‘Jo’burg’ – something that this lovely vintage copper Reliance Laundry ashtray taught me! In addition to offering a good lesson in punctuation, our ashtray also offers a glimpse into Johannesburg’s history: if you google ‘Reliance Laundry’ you’ll find two articles that mention Reliance, along with Rand Steam (the site of the new ‘curated’ shopping centre in Richmond), Atlas Steam Laundry and Palace Steam Laundry, to name just a few – it seems that laundry was big business in Jozi back in the day! Big enough that they produced promotional items like our lovely, albeit somewhat worn looking, ashtray! I’m guessing that a gift like this, given away en masse to customers, couldn’t have been that cheap to produce, so presumably laundries did ok!

Note: Because of its age our ashtray has some signs of wear and tear (see photos), but is obviously still completely functional 

Dimensions: 11.5cm long x 11.5cm wide x 0.5cm deep

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