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City Hall Ashtray

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | July 6, 2017

This is a heart-shaped copper ashtray depicting the Saint Paul City Hall. Scratched into the back is "Jan 29 09 / White House / Fire". The inscription may mean the ashtray survived the fire at the White House Department Store on the evening of January 29, 1909.

For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this ashtray in our collections database.