Where only did not put the cigarette cases in the cars of the past | Story

Built-in dispenser for cigarette in car

Due to the widespread prevalence of Smoking in the past, the problems we experience today. Smoking was the only expected evil, and everyone knew that Smoking is so popular that even cars equipped so as to facilitate smokers life. Yes, I know that now almost all have Cup holders, but I note that nobody has yet thought to offer the car prepared coffee or grape Fanta. But there were times when you could buy a car that really stood out cigarettes.

My friend Mike, a known hoarder and accidentally found a story about such a thing in the brochure 1942 about a car brand DeSoto. Probably, this booklet is kept in old boxes in your grandmothers:

Where only did not put the cigarette cases in the cars of the past | Story

Just look at this amazing feature, the plastic wheel! This is a special plastic, is suitable “for both women and men”, and it has

“… built-in cigarette case that gives you the cigarette of your choice on the level.”

Can’t find the correct verb is or “pull”, can “pull” it, but the activation process of this thing was just so, pull a piece of the casket will be opened.

I did some research on a special plastic wheel of a DeSoto. Judging by the article from the magazine Popular mechanics from March 1942, the dispenser for cigarettes was a new feature, it can hold 14 cigarettes that jumped vertically from the upper right part of the oval center of the bar, when pulling a small pen.

Where only did not put the cigarette cases in the cars of the past | Story

Apparently, the distributor was part of a package of options DeSoto Fifth Avenue that, in fact, was the only option this car, there is still some liquid that is sprayed throughout the car.

This picture describes the distributor and the entire package of options.

Where only did not put the cigarette cases in the cars of the past | Story

Because in 1942 I was, I must admit that I am a bit surprised why this option was focused on women. Read the brochure:

“Women, please note: cigarette case, built-in chic the new wheel series Fifth Avenue “gives” you a cigarette under slight pressure at a comfortable level for you”.

Men at that time, too many were Smoking, and I don’t understand why the cigarette, which is fed in directly from the helm was considered a more feminine pastime. Did the man with the hairy chest, the smoker would not be happy to grab that cancer stick right from the steering wheel of his car? Maybe it could even be a cigar?

I guess men would prefer an automatic distributor of cigarettes, who immediately put the cigarette directly into your mouth.

Due to the war, cars DeSoto did not long remain on the market, but it was an interesting machine. I think they had the first hidden headlights, running into mass production after the Cord 812, issued in 1937.

Where only did not put the cigarette cases in the cars of the past | Story

Although it was a second car with hidden headlamps, they were the first to offer a distributor for cigarettes. Yes, it is, in principle, first time on the dashboard of the car was a distributor of anything at all except a screen with information about speed and fuel level in the tank.

It is clear that then came the 12-volt coffee makers to cars and they have lasted several decades. But until some brave automaker will not offer a built-in automatic dispenser chicken nuggets, DeSoto will continue to be pioneers in this matter.