Cigar sales have leveled off, but Caswell-Massey, "America's oldest chemists and perfumers," is keeping the stogie spirit alive with its line of cigar salts for the bath. Each seven-inch cigar tube holds enough Sizzlin' Bath Salts for two soaks. Three scents are available: mint, lemon blossom and lavender. The price: $10 for two tubes in any one scent. Call 800-326-0500 or check the website caswell-massey.com.
Jennifer Janesko, the pin-up artist noted for her calendars, trading cards and occasional illustrations in Playboy, has just printed Night Angel, the 24"x36" poster pictured here. "This is the first of many images to be released as a poster," Jennifer revealed, commenting that her Night Angel painting has long been sought by collectors in poster form. Price: $40 unsigned or $55 signed. Call 913-859-6299. More of Jennifer's work can be viewed on her website, janesko.com.
Rum's the Word
Bacardi rum is celebrating this year with Bacardi 8 Millennium, a limited edition Baccarat decanter (pictured here) that's filled with Bacardi 8 dark rum. Only 3000 numbered decanters will be produced before the mold is broken, ensuring their value as collectibles. The bottle design was created in the Forties to hold the founding family's finest dark rums. The price is $700 a bottle, and that includes a personal certificate of authenticity signed by a member of the Bacardi family and the company's chief executive.
Gentlemen, Start Your Chairs
If our Let's Go Racing feature in this issue has you hankering for the fast lane, then an inflatable seat such as the one pictured here belongs in your den. Several styles are available, each decorated with a specific race driver's logo, colors and number. The one on this page is the Jeff Gordon Tire Chair; a Dale Earnhardt Sr. seat is also available. Each has a cup holder in the armrest, and the maximum weight it will support is 250 pounds. Alvimar Performance Corp. sells the seats for $49.95 each. Call 800-323-6223.
Darling, You Look Phantasmic
Phantasm, an erotic role-playing game for one couple, will definitely warm up cold winter nights. The fun begins with a choice of cards from seven categories---adventure, romance, femme fatale, metamorphosis, macho man, lust unlimited and seduction. You and your partner each have a role-playing book containing 70 naughty fantasies to act out. A fantasy titled X-rated, for example, involves the making of a risqué movie, while Slaves of Time calls for nothing more than an egg timer, perhaps a little music and "two people who really enjoy sex." You can order Phantasm for $29.95 from 800-474-6702.
Cocktail Books, Anyone?
There's a whole lot of shakin' going on thanks to the many new drink books out. Vintage Cocktails: Authentic Recipes and Illustrations From 1920--1960 ($12.98) is Robert Markel and Susan Waggoner's toast to great drinks and liquor ephemera of the past. The Bloody Mary ($18.95), by Christopher O'Hara, contains 20 variations of "the world's most complex cocktail." Ed McCarthy's Champagne for Dummies ($16.99) is an IDG Books softcover that tells everything you want to know about bubbly. The Bartender's Guide ($14.99), by Peter Bohrmann, contains more than 1400 cocktail recipes and 200 photos, while Cocktail Food ($16.95), by Mary Barber and Sara Whiteford with Lori Narlock, is a tasty testament to "50 finger foods with attitude." Last, Drink as Much as You Want and Live Longer ($14.95), by Frederick Beyerlein, was written for everyone who enjoys the grain or the grape. Contact the publisher, Loompanics Unlimited, at 800-380-2230.
Space is the Place
Robert Godwin's multivolume softcover series on America's Apollo and Gemini missions is the most ambitious look at our space program to date. You'll learn about the technical minutiae as well as what the crews ate and drank. A CD-ROM that contains movies, video and still images taken on flights is included with each volume. Price: $13.95 to $16.95 from Apogee Books at cgpublishing.com.
Think of the Q Ball as the Magic 8 Ball of the 21st century. Ask it a question, shake it three times and you'll experience a whoosh of crazy sounds and swirling lights followed by a dialect-heavy voice, often giving a sarcastic answer such as "Fuhgeddaboutit!" Shake the Q Ball too hard and it'll admonish you with "Stop it, you're killing me." According to the Sharper Image (it sells the Q Ball) there are more than 140 spoken responses, from idiomatic phrases to jive. Price: $39.95. Call 800-344-4444 to order.
Ladies in Waiting
Collectors Press, a publisher of popular culture art books, has just released Artist Archives, six softcovers devoted to the pin-up work of Gil Elvgren and Alberto Vargas (Elvgren Girls I and II, and Varga Girls I and II), plus other artists whose paintings are included in Swimsuit Sweeties and Exotic Ladies. Text is by mystery writer Max Allan Collins. Price: $11.95 each or $60 a set, call 800-423-1848. Next book: For the Boys: The Racy Pin-ups of WW II.