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Donkey Butt Cigarette Dispenser

Donkey Cigarette Dispenser
Donkey cigarette dispenser
Plywood, with spring-action neck
Donkey in action
Acquired at Emmitsburg
Antique Mall
September 2002

Maybe this will make you quit. Seeing a cigarette coming out of a donkey's butt should make any smoker reconsider their dirty habit. This wonderful tacky treasure might very well be the prototype of the mass-produced donkey cigarette dispenser available through such stores as Archie McPhee.

Lacking the proper provenance to prove that this is the prototype of the famous donkey, I hesitate to take this object with me to Antiques Road Show. However, even as a bit of folk art, it's rather charming. It was lovingly carved from plywood, sanded, and stained. It works with precision, as proved in this photograph.

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