Tis’ the Seasoning

Submitted by Michael Ely May 23rd, 2010
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Here we have a collection of salt and pepper shakers, mostly Western and mostly vintage. Notice how stereotypical and exaggerated many of these are, and everyone gets the same treatment from cowboys to Native Americans to Latinos.

This photo contains about one third of my collection. Funny thing is, I never intended to collect shakers. It started out when a friend gave me a pair as a gift and then other friends began giving them to me as well! Some collections start out that way!

3 Responses to “Tis’ the Seasoning”

  1. Allee Willis

    Excellent collection on these shelves as well! Would love to see close ups as separate submissions of many of these, like starting with the Mexican couple on the middle shelf, the tepees and the donkey buggy on the top. What’s the percentage of vintage versus newer?

    The cactus cup and saucer on the bottom shelf look great too as well as the plate in back of it. Would love a good look at those cactus salt and pepper shakers too.

    I never set out to collect S&P’s either but, just like you, people started giving them to me and so it began. I have two shelves devoted to them and use the same couple of pairs over and over again. I would retire them but they’re too popular a feature in my kitchen.

    • Michael Ely

      Like you, Allee, I have all these S&Ps, yet I actually only use one pair!

      All but four pair seen in this photo are vintage, most originally sold in AZ and Mexico as souvenirs in the 1950’s and 1960’s.

      The Mexican couple on the center shelf are my favorite!

      The cactus cup and saucer and matching plate on the bottom shelf were made in Japan, and I believe they were sold as AZ souvenirs in the 1950’s, but I’m not sure.

      I will try to take a few photos of individual pairs of shakers. First I need to figure out how to take close-up pics that aren’t blurry with my dang camera!