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Q. Over the past 12 years, I have collected 46 figural wooden smoking stands. I think most of them are from the 1920s, '30s, and '40s. Each one is a wooden-cutout silhouette about 3 feet tall, painted to look like a person or comic character. The figure's outstretched arm holds a large ashtray. Dealers I have bought these from don't know much more about them than I do. Tell me how and where they were made.