1960 Footsie toothpick holder

Submitted by Gray G. December 7th, 2009
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This toothpick holder has been a permanent fixture on my great aunt Irene’s dining room table for as long as I can remember. The last time I visited her I managed to snap a photo of it. I adore it and promise to bring more photos of creatures like it to this wonderful site. Her house is full of them! (and isn’t the table cloth just adding a touch of Kitsch gravy?)

5 Responses to “1960 Footsie toothpick holder”

  1. Allee Willis

    Now, are you 100% certain that this is a toothpick holder and not a salt shaker? For sure is there not a little cork or rubber cap on the bottom? I have a set of feet S&Ps, not as spectacular as what you have here, but feet as S&P’s are much more common a breed than a toothpick holder. I’m also thinking that because it only has three holes it may be to shake salt out of.

    I actually don’t care what this is because it’s so beautiful. The big toe sticking up kills me and the color of nail polish is excellent, especially the way it blobs over on the skin of the big toe. It’s also great that the foot includes part of the leg. And if it is, in fact, one half of an S&P set I love that your great aunt Irene has recycled it as a toothpick holder. And, yes, the way the tablecloth shows off the beauty of the single appendage is spectacular!

    • zengray

      You know, soon after I posted this I got to thinking about it. For as long as I can remember Irene has been using this as a toothpick holder and in my mind that is all it could ever be. It just always seemed to be perfectly off. I called her to ask a few minutes ago and she said it most certainly used to be a set of S&Ps but she had lost it’s mate long ago. I’m so glad you like it anyway. I think you’re the tops!

      My great aunt is a very interesting lady and after this post I am certain I will be posting more. The shakers were a gift to her from my grandmother because she always complained about big she thought her toe was. My grandma even knitted her a toe cozy one winter.

      • Allee Willis

        Well, we have to get a photo of that toe cozy!

        I look forward to more posts from you as I love the foot no matter what its purpose. If you’re going to be posting more of your great aunts possessions I know they’ll be hot as she had the good sense to put the foot to great use despite the loss of its mate.

        One other thing, when you do post make sure your photo is a JPEG. I almost couldn’t publish this as the photo was a bitmap and was screwing with the code when I tried to make it public. With this said, it’s a fantastic photo!