Self-Immolation in a Lobster Pot

I concluded my last post with the cheery thought that the miniaturized and cheerful cuteness of most novelty salt and pepper sets allows them to deflect the dangerousness of the objects and people… Continue reading

Cuteness

I’ve often had people look at one or another of my salt-and-pepper sets and say, “Oh, that’s really cute.”  And indeed, it strikes me that almost all of the sets I have in… Continue reading

The Ultimate Amputee?

At first glance, this set is merely a little mysterious: Could it be the profiles of two pregnancies?  Or a couple of faceless guys with bad toothaches?  Or perhaps just a couple of… Continue reading

Yet More Amputees

Here’s a set of shakers that happily acknowledges its status as a pair of amputated body parts.  Not only are the feet off the body they surely ought to be attached to, but… Continue reading

More Amputees

The breasts of my last entry are not the only detached body parts in my salt-and-pepper collection.  Here are a pair of hands: They are, as you can see, golden hands.  Or at… Continue reading

The Spice of Life

I’ve just noticed that the angles from which I took the pictures in my last post didn’t show the words apparently tattooed along the amputated woman’s side: So this shaker set is not just… Continue reading

Body Parts Sold Separately Together

Novelty salt and pepper shakers tend to be cute–that is, they represent the objects and animals and people they depict as harmless and adorable, as innocently jolly residents or cheerful artefacts of a… Continue reading

Novelty Shakers

When I began putting updates about this blog on my Facebook page, a friend there asked an excellent question: do I ever actually use any of my salts and peppers–i.e., do I ever… Continue reading

The New Irregulars

Christmas, 2011:  A number of new recruits to the irregular army, all to be discussed in more detail in later posts.  Many thanks, J and J.

Beyond Number One and Number Two to a Plethora

Having a few salt-and-pepper sets is one thing; having close to two hundred is quite another.  There seems to be something harmlessly  but nevertheless so, so sadly eccentric about having all that many. … Continue reading