Hail Montezuma! The Hidden Treasures of San Diego State

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This giant white ash tray is a genuine San Diego State relic.  In the 1950s and ‘60s, these ubiquitous containers were blasted for being health hazards; people constantly tripped over the alabaster ash trays that blended into the surrounding concrete.  One student even wrote the following mock gravestone epitaph, “Here lies Joe College/His head is turned; Broken, unfixable/By an Aztec Urn.”  As the campus moves towards a smoke-free environment in the 2000s, there are only a few designated smoking areas left, and even fewer that have antiquated ash trays, such as this one, salvaged from destruction in 2011.