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Old 02-14-2017, 02:17 PM
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Back when everyone smoked, what better place was there for your team's schedule than on a lighter? Much better than some flimsy paper schedule. My collection of SF Giants lighters spans from 1958-73. They used to be fairly easy to find but, like everything else, the supply seems to be drying up.
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Back when everyone smoked, what better place was there for your team's schedule than on a lighter? Much better than some flimsy paper schedule. My collection of SF Giants lighters spans from 1958-73. They used to be fairly easy to find but, like everything else, the supply seems to be drying up.
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Holy smoke! That's quite a collection.
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Rob, those are awesome!
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This is a wonderful collection ! Thank you for sharing it.
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I don't have any lighters...but those are very cool Rob.
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Cool stuff Rob! When I see these schedule lighters they are almost always SF Giants. Do you know of other teams. If so I doubt teams did them for as many years as the Giants. Cal Steam Supply , a plumbing wholesaler, is still in business today. They have been a customer of the company I work for many years.
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Cool stuff Rob! When I see these schedule lighters they are almost always SF Giants. Do you know of other teams. If so I doubt teams did them for as many years as the Giants. Cal Steam Supply , a plumbing wholesaler, is still in business today. They have been a customer of the company I work for many years.
I always figured everyone did these. I guess maybe not. Yeah, Cal Steam Supply is seen a lot and has some of the worst graphics. Wresco Electrical Supply (lower right, next to Cal Steam) is also common. FWIW, the lighters were aleays made by Vulcan.
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If you guys are like me, part of your joy in collecting is discovering the "story" behind your items...

First, like I said, I had always assumed many teams did these schedule lighters. While doing some quick research, I found out a few things...after WW II, one of Japan's new industries was producing cheap lighters. Vulcan was one of these brands and they could be bought for $3/dozen (25 cents apiece). The Vulcans and other Japanese advertising lighters were all modeled after the USA made and more expensive Ronson Adonis. Of the lighters I own, all are Vulcans, with the exception of two 1958 Slik Lites, one 1959 Sapphire and a Brother Lite from 1970.

I am still wondering who would have printed/engraved these. In any given year, the schedules will be exactly the same in font and style yet any number of businesses would have their own logo, etc. on the other side. I'm kind of theorizing maybe there was just one company in SF doing these. Maybe the companies knew these were available every year and put in their orders? These lighters could be a pretty effective advertising means in that a 1-2 pack a day smoker would pull the lighter out 20-40 times a day.
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Let me bump my own thread one last time, but only to ask....

AM I TO BELIEVE THESE WEREN'T DONE FOR OTHER TEAMS???
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