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04-06-2020, 06:14 AM

I never liked the idea of ashtrays on a pool table and had mine replaced in my first poolroom in Bakersfield. I think I paid the local Brunswick dealer $20 per table to swap them out, and I had twenty of them. I did not allow cigs on the rail either by my customers. The two Brunswick snooker tables did not have ashtrays. Weird huh


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04-06-2020, 07:00 AM

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I never liked the idea of ashtrays on a pool table and had mine replaced in my first poolroom in Bakersfield. I think I paid the local Brunswick dealer $20 per table to swap them out, and I had twenty of them. I did not allow cigs on the rail either by my customers. The two Brunswick snooker tables did not have ashtrays. Weird huh
I completely agree. If anyone came near my table with a cigarette I'd flip my lid.
  
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I completely agree. If anyone came near my table with a cigarette I'd flip my lid.
the ashtrays on my gc are decorative and nostalgic. No one smokes in my rec room or anywhere in my house. when any buddies who smoke have come over they typically head out to my driveway for a smoke break.

At the pool rooms in the 60's and even the 70's I remember guys playing on these early gc's with the ashtray corners and still leaving their cigs burning on the formica. I mighta been one of those jerks around the mid 70's, once or twice.

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04-06-2020, 07:44 AM

I grew up in rural Kentucky in the 60's and 70's and smoking while shooting pool was just standard operating procedure. There was no furniture in those long narrow halls to even put an ashtray on anyway. The only furniture was old classic art-deco Brunswick and Steepleton tables. I kinda assumed that table manufacturers made the rail caps out of dark wood like walnut, or rosewood, just so the cig burns didn't show up as bad. I don't think they even bothered putting a finish on those rail caps, other than maybe hand rubbed with a cloth soaked in linseed oil.

I never really smoked, so it was never my favorite part about hanging out in the halls, but tobacco was king in those days and you just had to live with it, or stay home, and I loved the game too much to stay at home.
  
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04-06-2020, 07:53 AM

No smoking allowed in my room either.


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04-06-2020, 08:41 AM

Appreciate all the chatter on ashtrays...lol. Been a smoker that's used the ashtray on a GC1 WAY BACK WHEN and also the smoking hater (Present Day) that's seen what cigarettes do to people and it makes me sick.

All why I was a little conflicted between nostalgia and present day presentation. Totally appreciate both or either.

The wife, a descendant of Kentucky tobacco farmers and self-ordained Ministers never smoked and hated it when I did back in the day. I could see her not appreciating the nostalgia on a piece of furniture in the house.

They're putting a lot of work into the refinish on this GCI. I left the corners up to him and what he feels looks best - I'll be happy with either. They're doing all the metal work, I just ordered the Reproduction name plate, will hang onto original. It looked tricky to refinish and paint - not my strong suit.


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Appreciate all the chatter on ashtrays...lol. Been a smoker that's used the ashtray on a GC1 WAY BACK WHEN and also the smoking hater (Present Day) that's seen what cigarettes do to people and it makes me sick.

All why I was a little conflicted between nostalgia and present day presentation. Totally appreciate both or either.

The wife, a descendant of Kentucky tobacco farmers and self-ordained Ministers never smoked and hated it when I did back in the day. I could see her not appreciating the nostalgia on a piece of furniture in the house.

They're putting a lot of work into the refinish on this GCI. I left the corners up to him and what he feels looks best - I'll be happy with either. They're doing all the metal work, I just ordered the Reproduction name plate, will hang onto original. It looked tricky to refinish and paint - not my strong suit.
there's a way to paint the nameplates involving vaseline on the high relief but still quite a pain in the ass.

I know someone who still may have some NOS orig nameplates - his family was in the billiards biz in the 60's and he sold me a couple a while back.

if interested, let me know and I'll chk with him.


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I know someone who still may have some NOS orig nameplates - his family was in the billiards biz in the 60's and he sold me a couple a while back.

if interested, let me know and I'll chk with him.
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there's a way to paint the nameplates involving vaseline on the high relief but still quite a pain in the ass.

I know someone who still may have some NOS orig nameplates - his family was in the billiards biz in the 60's and he sold me a couple a while back.

if interested, let me know and I'll chk with him.
Thank you sir!!! Kind offer! I guess it's just two screws and the Repro is adhesive and I have one coming from Classic. 90 bucks seemed kinda steep but...glad they are around to do business with. The chrome ball box frame is supposed to be in nice shape and they'll beautify but if not - ouch at $195.00.

Anyway - appreciate the offer, I'll have them take the old one off while they're here and mildly attach the repro. Will let the wife (artsy...left hander) try and paint the original, I get the concept of the vaseline. If all that fails...I'll send you a smoke signal.

Thanks much. I've got to remember to win a couple games on it before I worry about "perfect", I reckon.


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"fond" memory - 04-06-2020, 10:05 AM

I remember playing Marco Marquez in a local Chicago tournament long ago on tables that had these ashtrays. Being the underdog, I knew I had to play my best to have a chance, so I took a deep breath before a tough shot and exhaled as I bent over the cueball.
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When GC's came with ashtrays were they in all 4 corners or just 2 corners diagonal from each other??
  
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04-06-2020, 04:14 PM

I remember playing on them and firing a ball in and knocking the ash tray out sometimes. 🤦🏻*♂️

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When GC's came with ashtrays were they in all 4 corners or just 2 corners diagonal from each other??
All four corners. I had the original Brunswick double high chair setups at every table. The two high chairs were joined by a narrow table with an ash tray in the center. Players could leave their burning cigs in there. These things were pretty flimsy and I was constantly tightening the screws that held them together. I doubt there are many left in existence today.


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