It’s hard to believe in this day and age that not too long ago, smoking was considered glamorous and even healthy. ESSE Purse Museum’s latest exhibit, “Up In Smoke,” takes a look back at a time when Americans were duped into seeing cigarettes as sophisticated and sultry — before the truth about the danger of cigarettes disrupted the tobacco industry.
The collection features smoking accessories and paraphernalia, from masculine ashtrays to chic cigarette holders and lighters for the stylish woman.
The exhibit is on display through Oct. 28. ESSE Purse Musem & Store is located at 1510 Main St. in Little Rock.
– Sandra McGrew, Ghidotti Communications