Ronson Penciliter (Jun, 1949)

I don’t really get the taxes on the bottom. The Gold one is “plus tax” but the Rhodium one is “no fed tax”. What fed tax would that be? Was there a federal gold tax?

for father’s day, June 19th give dad the new Ronson Penciliter

always at hand….to light with….to write with!….

It’s a really new and different gift for Dad! The world’s finest lighter and a superb mechanical pencil are combined in the handsome Ronson Penciliter. It’s finely balanced…it’s streamlined… it’s always at hand for the two things he does most — lighting (press —it’s lit…release —it’s out)…and writing. He’ll constantly use., .constantly thank you for the new Ronson Penciliter!

Your choice of two styles in a handsome gift box 1/20 14K Gold filled $15.00 (plus tax);

plated with Rhodium (a precious non-tarnishing metal of the platinum group) $10.00 (no fed. tax)

Tune in Ronson’s “20 Questions” Saturday nights (Sunday nights, Pacific Coast), Mutual Network… and Ronson’s “Johnny Desmond Show” Sunday nights, Mutual Network. See and hear Ronson on Television, too! RONSON

Newark, N.J. • Toronto, Ont. • London, Eng.

12 comments
  1. DrewE says: December 19, 201111:06 am

    This is perfect for the man who smokes and never makes mistakes in writing. Perhaps there was a companion cigarette case with built-in pencil eraser also for sale.

    Does anybody else have visions of horrific things happening when the pocket clip snags on something?

  2. Kosher Ham says: December 19, 20111:49 pm

    It would be great for burning up writing that was either sensitive or classified.

  3. Charlene says: December 19, 20112:24 pm

    I love how he’s lighting up the smoke three inches from his daughter’s nose. Get ‘em addicted early, Dad!

  4. Hirudinea says: December 19, 20114:29 pm

    Just the thing to sign the waiver before your lung transplant.

  5. woofer says: December 19, 20117:32 pm

    When the federal government controlled the gold supply (before 1971) it sold a certain amount for jewelry and other non-coinage purposes. It levied an excise tax on gold used in this manner.

  6. dergutie says: December 20, 201112:21 am

    I believe that there was a federal “luxury tax” in effect back in those days. I’m not sure of the details, but I suspect that jewelry and precious metals were targeted. Come to think of it, might not be a bad idea for our current crisis! Jewels, furs and luxury cars. Sorry, damn socialists talking.

  7. JMyint says: December 20, 20117:23 am

    Right now rhodium run about $2000 an ounce and it is used in flat screen monitors and tvs.

  8. Charlie says: December 20, 20118:40 am

    woofer: Thanks, that explains it!

  9. Mike says: December 20, 20112:30 pm

    dergutie, The “if you can’t afford something punish someone who can” idea.

  10. dej says: December 21, 20116:33 am

    What would the TSA do if I had this in my pocket?

    Would they even know what it is?

  11. JMyint says: December 21, 20119:17 am

    Actually Mike they were trying to preserve the gold standard and prevent inflation. By limiting access to gold it enabled the government to control the money supply stabilizing the value of the dollar and preventing monetary hoarding.

    In 1949 the US monetary system was operating under the Bretton-Woods System where the exchange rate for gold was fixed at $35 per troy ounce. This allowed foreign governments to transfer gold to the US for a fixed price and reduced speculation that could increase the debts of nations. In 1971 Nixon abolished the Bretton-Woods System in favor of a fiat currency system and since then money has no longer been tied to the value of any commodity.

    dej- I always wanted a Parker Atomic Pen and I wondered what the TSA would make of that.

  12. Nomen Nescio says: December 21, 201111:33 am

    dej, if they realized it was a lighter they’d likely confiscate it on the grounds you can’t have pressurized butane aboard an airplane. yes, i know, this style of lighter doesn’t use pressurized butane. TSA’s barely-trained monkeys don’t know that, and wouldn’t care if they did know — i’ve lost a zippo to them out of checked luggage with that excuse. of course, it’s possible they’d mistake it for just any pen, in which case you might get to fly with it. unless the monkey got greedy that day, but that caveat always applies for anything you try to bring in any event, so…

    JMYint, if it says “atomic” on it, and if the TSA monkey manages to read it, you’d lose the pen. i’ll bet money on it.

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