Discriminatory Pantlessness

In an earlier post, I talked about some pantless pigs, and noticed the number of cartoon picture book animals who are similarly pantless.  Now here’s a shaker set in which both the figures… Continue reading

Scarfs Make the Man. And the Manly Bear.

Like the pigs in my last post, these creatures are also wearing headgear and scarfs: What I find particularly interesting here is that wearing a hat and a scarf is merely a generic… Continue reading

About This Blog, and How to Find My Discussions of Some of Its Key Ideas

A quote from my first post on this blog: The purpose of this blog is to make a record of the salts and pepper sets I have collected–to account for why I collect… Continue reading

Pantlessness

One of the ways in which salt-and-pepper shaker sets humanize the figures they depict who are not in reality human beings is by means of clothing.  They have hats on, or scarves, or… Continue reading

Both Elegant and Kitschy

My favourite salt and pepper shaker set that transforms the surface it sits on from a hard surface to one that implies the surface’s permeability is this one: It consists of just those… Continue reading

Bath, Beneath, and Beyond

Continuing on with shaker sets that imply an invisible beneath, there is this pair: Once more, the shakers represent something that is standing in water, this time two bathers.  We see only the… Continue reading

Duck, Ducking

Here is a mysterious object: Some kind of abstract sculpture, perhaps?  Or is it a ghost or an alien or a member of the Ku Klux Klan carrying scrolls?  Or are those sausages,… Continue reading

The Smithsonian.com on Salt-and-Pepper Shaker Collecting

As well as describing the Museum of Salt and Pepper Shakers in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, this article has a few things to say about the history of novelty shakers.  Would You Like Some Salt and… Continue reading

The Implied Beneath

While it might not be apparent on first glance, this is a salt and pepper shaker set: This set represents the Bluenose, the Canadian fishing and racing schooner from Nova Scotia that has been appearing on Canadian dimes for… Continue reading

Eggs Past and/or Eggs to Come

Once more, no eggs are visible in this salt and pepper shaker set But clearly, you can’t have a chicken (or a rooster) without an egg first, right?  And if you have a… Continue reading