Brass Holders, Budapest Parliament

Can you guess what that curved structure is? The shot was taken in the corridors of Budapest Parliament. Here is one more close-up. The curves are all numbered. Before scrolling down further give it a thought what could it be?

So? Could you guess? These are brass cigar holders. Smoking was once permitted in the corridors of Hungarian Parliament, but not inside the voting and discussion chamber. The politicians left their cigars on these grooved racks before they went in to cast their vote. The numbers on the rack helped them remember which cigar was whose. After returning from the debates and voting sessions they could pick up their own cigar without confusion.

Interesting! I thought.

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39 Responses

  1. Sylvia K says:

    That is indeed interesting, Indrani!! Ah, men and their cigars! We don't see that much of it here in the states any more, but what an interesting look at another time! Great post and photos for the day!


  2. eileeninmd says:

    Very interesting cigar holder. I am glad there are less and less people smoking now a days. Cigars were and pipes were pretty stinky too. Thanks for sharing, great photo. Have a wonderful day.

  3. That's interesting!! Good one!

  4. Carver says:

    I never would have guessed what these were.

  5. How crazy are the politicians, fantastic photos.

  6. magiceye says:

    this is so interesting!!

    Lovely pictures!!

  7. Indeed a very unique facility for cigar smokers !

  8. George says:

    I haven't had any experience with smoking cigars, but I found this to be very interesting. I guess politicians around the world have had their perks for a long time.

  9. Cool and Interesting

  10. Aarti says:

    Oh wow, i thought they were used for holding pillars of sorts…


  11. lovely!! and really interesting! would never have guessed what they were for!

  12. Incredible! I bet there's not much call for the holders these days!! And LOVE the leadlight colours too!!

  13. Leovi says:

    Precious had never seen and ashtrays.

  14. Arija says:

    Yes, I got it even before I saw the numbers.
    Certainly a great relic, thanks for sharing this interesting detail Indrani.

  15. ladyfi says:

    Cool shots! I guessed they were places where you could leave rolled up parchments…

  16. kanak7 says:

    Unique! Never seen/heard anything like this before!!

  17. Iโ€™m assuming the cigars werenโ€™t lit when placed in the slots because there appears to be wood amid the parameters of the brass holders. This interesting post certainly shows how perception of what is acceptable and normal changes over time.

  18. Gattina says:

    That's really something very special ! whould never ever have thought about cigars !!

  19. Ebie says:

    I would never have thought it
    as cigar holders.

    This is a great find and the background that I say looks like a mosaic or stained glass window is colorful!

  20. That's interesting. I wouldn't have guessed what they were. And the purpose made them fascinating too. I don't think it was a crazy idea. Just a way to respect a personal domain, cigars were personal too, like wine glasses for others. Thank you for that great picture.

  21. Joyful says:

    Very interesting!

  22. Cigar holders! Wow. What an education your blog is. And a feast for the eyes.

  23. Reader Wil says:

    Very interesting, Indrani! Thank you for sharing this piece of history!

  24. EG Wow says:

    Oh my goodness! With so many cigars it must have been a smelly place back then!

  25. BK Chowla, says:

    Obviously,they were very innovative,very original.

  26. Quite interesting. I could not make it. It also suggests that many of them spent much time with their cigars rather than participating in the discussions.Perhaps they had to vote nevertheless.

  27. Really interesting. I wouldn't have guessed their use.

  28. Interesting, I couldn't guess though..

  29. Very interesting! The photographs are outstanding!

  30. bushra M says:

    That's interesting! Awesome shots Indrani! ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. gREAT photos

    Symbol of male chauvnism !!

  32. Wonderful Idea,superb topic and beautiful photography ๐Ÿ™‚

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