A Lobster Dressed for Lobster Fishing.

Here’s an addition to my series of posts on animals in human clothing that introduces a new hat but begins with a memory of some old ones. Some time ago, I wrote a post on this blog about these lobsters and their participation in their own death by boiling (see earlier post here): Back then,Continue reading “A Lobster Dressed for Lobster Fishing.”

Shirtless and Pantless, but with a Hat

Continuing with this series of posts about salt and pepper shaker sets that represent animals and the clothing that they do and do not wear, there is this set, which trumps the various pantless and/or shirtless sets I have been describing by depicting creatures wearing nothing but hats (and glasses): They are, I assume, owls,Continue reading “Shirtless and Pantless, but with a Hat”

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 are pantless, but only one of them is shirtless: Surprisingly, it is the male who wears a shirt–at least if I amContinue reading “Discriminatory Pantlessness”

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

NOTE: I stopped actively adding to this blog in 2013. 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 them, to think about why they interest me both as individual setsContinue reading “About This Blog, and How to Find My Discussions of Some of Its Key Ideas”

The Power of Demotic Objects to Tell Grand Narratives

Be patient, please.  Eventually I am going to get around to talking about this set of salt and pepper shakers: But first, I need some context. A friend who knows of my interest in shaker sets sent me a link to a review in the New York Times Book Review of The Innocence of Objects, a bookContinue reading “The Power of Demotic Objects to Tell Grand Narratives”

A Coupla Chicks Sitting Around

After generalizing about there being no same-sex pairs in my salt and pepper shaker collection, and then being surprised to find all the many male pairs I’ve been discussing in my posts over the last week or so, I decided it was about time to see what I could find in the way of femaleContinue reading “A Coupla Chicks Sitting Around”

Even More Accurate Souvenirs

In my last post, I talked about a souvenir shaker set that was a miniature representation of an actual building. This time, an even more accurate set of shakers claims actually to be made of part of the thing it represents. At first glance, it might be a little hard to figure out what it’sContinue reading “Even More Accurate Souvenirs”

Accurate Souvenirs

Unlike the Banffian lions and chuck wagons of my last post, this pair actually has something to do with the place it claims to represent:It is, in fact, a salt-and-pepper version of the Portage La prairie, Manitoba city hall.  The city hall has been divided into two parts, one for salt, one for pepper, likeContinue reading “Accurate Souvenirs”

A Cowboy in the Mountains

As I suggested in an earlier post, Banff, Alberta is represented in the world of salt and pepper shakers in a wide spectrum of ways:  a  a pair of golden hands, a pair of ungrammatical aboriginals, a lion and a grass-skirted person of African descent.  Here’s another odd addition to that very miscellaneous assortment:Well, perhaps it’s not soContinue reading “A Cowboy in the Mountains”

Uncle Mose and . . . Auntie Mane?

Continuing the theme of stereotypes of people of African descent, there is this pair: Since the human of this pair is wearing what looks sort of like a grass skirt, wielding a club, and accompanied by a lion rather than by a pancake-wielding woman, I presume he is supposed to represent, not an African American,Continue reading “Uncle Mose and . . . Auntie Mane?”