A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from March 23, 2024
“I’m not saying I’m old…but when I was in school we made our parents ashtrays for Christmas”

“I’m not saying I’m old…but when I was in school we made our parents ashtrays for Christmas” is a saying that has been printed on many images. Making ashtrays was a popular project in art class, in a time period when many people smoked cigarettes (1950s-1980s).
 
“Back when I was in grade school, many years ago, We always made our parents ashtrays and none of them smoked. They still loved our art class gifts to them” was posted on X/Twitter by J. A. Martin on May 16, 2018.  “When I was a kid we made pottery ashtrays in school to give our parents, even if they didn’t smoke” was posted on X/Twitter by Emily Schwartz Greco on June 3, 2018. “We MADE ASHTRAYS FOR OUR PARENTS as art projects in school when I was a kid” was posted on X/Twitter by sheba ⭐ on March 28, 2022.
   
“I’m not saying I’m old , but when I was in school we made our parents ashtrays for xmas…” was posted on Facebook by Sara Hawkins on December 25, 2023. “I’m not saying I’m old, but when I was in school we made our parents ashtrays for Christmas!” was posted on Facebook by Kathy Johnson on December 25, 2023.
 
   
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J. A. Martin
@Ghostsofthe812
Your Mom will love anything you get her, especially if it comes from your heart. Back when I was in grade school, many years ago, We always made our parents ashtrays and none of them smoked. They still loved our art class gifts to them.
5:54 PM · May 16, 2018
   
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Emily Schwartz Greco
@ESGreco
When I was a kid we made pottery ashtrays in school to give our parents, even if they didn’t smoke
2:10 PM · Jun 3, 2018
   
Reddit—Nostalgia   
Posted by u/jocelynforreal May 9, 2020
Y’all remember when we were encouraged/assigned to make clay ashtrays for our parents in elementary school?
 
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𝚁𝚒𝚝𝚊 𝙱𝚘𝚘𝚔 📚🎧
@k8says
Was just talking about how we all made ceramic ashtrays in elementary school art class for our parents. Times do change, y’all!
7:17 PM · Oct 20, 2020
   
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RKL
@roz_levine
I am the age where we made ceramic ashtrays in art class at school to give our parents as presents for Mother’s or Father’s Day. Usually had a hand print in it, and everyone thought it was a wonderful idea.
8:54 PM · Jul 1, 2021
   
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Denise Schipani
@DeniseSchipani
Yes! And as kids we routinely made ashtrays for our parents as school art projects (or, if we were lucky, in ceramics classes, very popular when I was a kid.)
12:54 PM · Sep 22, 2021
   
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sheba ⭐
@shebainpdx
We MADE ASHTRAYS FOR OUR PARENTS as art projects in school when I was a kid
10:24 PM · Mar 28, 2022
   
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David L. Meeks
@DavidLMeeks
When I was in elementary school we made ashtrays for our parents in art class.
In high school students could go outside between classes to smoke with written permission from their parents.
10:22 AM · May 13, 2022
     
Facebook
Gary Litz
July 15, 2022 at 6:53 PM ·
It’s crazy to think that there
was a time in elementary school when we actually made
ashtrays for our parents.
   
Facebook
Sara Hawkins
December 25, 2023 at 10:30 PM ·
I’m not saying I’m old , but when I was in school we made our parents ashtrays for xmas…
     
Facebook
Sunny N Andrea Spino
December 25, 2023 at 5:52 PM ·
I’m not saying I’m old , but when I was in school we made our parents ashtrays for xmas
   
Facebook
Kathy Johnson
December 25, 2023 at 6:04 PM ·
I’m not saying I’m old, but when I was in school we made our parents ashtrays for Christmas!
 
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Cindy Steinborn
@CindySteinborn
I’m not saying I’m old, but when I was in school we made our parents ashtrays for Christmas.
4:03 PM · Dec 26, 2023
       
Facebook
Nini Berdzenishvili
December 27, 2023 at 1:43 PM ·
I’m not saying I’m old…but when I was in school we made our parents ashtrays 🚬for Christmas
 
X/Twitter
GET THE CRIMINALS OUT OF POLITICS!!!!🇺🇲🇺🇲🇺🇲
@PatriotMike15
I’m not saying I’m old…but when I was in school we made our parents ashtrays 🚬for Christmas
9:19 PM · Dec 28, 2023
 
iFunny 
Monti_Babson
2 mar 2024
I’m not saying I’m old…but when I was in school we made our parents ashtrays . for Christmas
 
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Bob Kostic
@causticbob
I’m not saying l’m old…
but when I was in school we made our parents ashtrays for Christmas
5:49 PM · Mar 23, 2024

Posted by Barry Popik
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