Flash forward several years to the awesome AttaBoy Vintage Shop & Swap event. I traded some of my trinkets for a store display card of some really cool "Smoking Monkey" toys.
I thought these were too darn cool to pass up and reeeeaally wanted to test them out but I could never bring myself to open them up and destroy the full card.
Now, double flash forward to last weekend, where I found the missing ingredient: a box of 50 year old "safety matches" that looked an awful lot like the tiny paper "cigarettes" that my plastic monkeys have.
Yup, these little guys! Now, add in the fact that when I was checking out at the sale, the guy running it noticed the old junk I was picking out and said jokingly, "You know you need these smoking monkey cigarettes"...to which I replied, totally seriously "What! I have smoking monkeys at home!" So yeah, I got the "cigarettes" and couldn't wait to try them out.
When I got home, it took a while to dawn on my that the orange ceramic monkeys were probably meant to be smoking monkeys too, so my friend Ray and I tested one of the 50 year old "cigarettes" and deemed them safe enough to stick in a monkeys mouth! So, without futher ado...I give you all...
Look at all that smoke!
The "cigarettes" are some kind of plastic looking wick wrapped in paper. They burn kind of quickly and smoke the whole time. They actually look like the monkeys are puffing on them and producing smoke rings!
He looks so calm and relaxed now
Someone needs to ash!
Since it was hard to photograph the actual smoking effect, I took a quick video!
So, this may be the coolest most un-safe vintage toy I have ever seen! Not only does it allow children to play with matches, it is a choking hazard, smells toxic and to top it all off makes smoking look super fun!
Political correctness aside, I cannot tell you how thrilled I was to discover these! I just want to do it over and over again but I'll have to ration my "monkey smokes" until I can find some more online! Does anyone out there remember having these as a kid? I wish I did!