Superman Japanese Bridgestone Promo Ashtray

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This is the kind of licensed character merchandise that really doesn’t get made these days thanks to the shift in cultural attitude towards smoking. it’s a Superman ashtray from Bridgestone Tire’s Japanese division.

The box, which is relatively simple in black with just a bit of text, shows a copyright date of 1978 on the side flap. The Japanese text says “Superman Ashtray Small.” (Wonder if there’s a large version?) The back of the box is plain black.

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The ashtray itself is glass with artwork that appears to be stock art by Neal Adams.

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This side says “Bridgestone.”

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The top of the ashtray has a superhero style SF logo and says, “Super Filler Radial.” According to Bridgestone corporate history, Super Filler radial tires were developed in 1977 and the model RD-207V was put in production in 1978. (Thanks to the helpful users at /r/translator for their help!)

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This side shows a small Superman emblem label with a different copyright date (1977).

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