When I was at the “House of Prudence” I was unprepared for such a whirlwind tour of this fabulous house that was once home to Sophie Tucker. I also wasn’t ready for the incredible collection of ceramic and chalk fish that adorn the walls of one of the bathrooms. I couldn’t even concentrate when asked if I wanted any cheese and crackers. Before I knew it I made a bee-line back into the bathroom to photograph the fish and here I am, in the bathroom eating a tasty cheese and crackers, accompanied by a nice glass of iced tea. I’ll be breaking up the fish collection in parts as there are so many cool ones. I think I photographed them all. It kills me to think when I left florida, I forgot to remove my chalk fish from my bathroom wall and ended up leaving them behind! Argh…..
Love, love love, this one. I believe this one is ceramic and NOT chalk.
There are many little fish families here at the House of Prudence. This is one of them.
These made me swoon! Thanks for letting me steal that word from your vocab, Allee! I love the gold accents on the fish and really love it that the bigger fish has these long eyelashes and her eyes are closed with the little fish following behind with eyes wide open.
More fish with long eyelashes!
Prudence does, indeed, have a spectacular ceramic and chalkware fish collection. She also has a vast collection of wrought iron fish. You were probably too busy taking in the views outside (https://www.alleewillis.com/awmok/kitschenette/2010/08/28/dennys-adventures-in-the-house-of-prudence-part-1-august-2010/) to notice the at least 25 of them. Always time for more seafaring adventures on your next trip.
Great collection…perfect to have them on display in the bath..
Stay tuned K2, I have more fish kitsch from “The House of Prudence”!
Until I moved to Los Angeles, the only fish I had seen on walls had been stuffed ones. I fell in love with all unstuffed wall fish. The swap meets were full of them and everytime Allee and I went, I bought more fish. I’ve only purchased a couple on Ebay. Don’t miss the resin seahorses, Denny.
For anyone reading this, SnappyP is Prudence, whose collection Denny is so graciously and diligently documenting when he visits LA.
wow! can’t wait to see the seahorses!!!!!!!
can’t blame ya on the unstuffed fish……i’ve never gotten my head around the whole dead things made to look alive so you can put them in your house thing!
I agree. I mean who would want Roy Rogers horse sitting around the house? I don’t like stuffed anything.
oh man, this is too awesome……in my childhood home in los angeles, we actually HAD those last 2 fish (the pale blue ones) in our bathroom too….the bottom of the walls were painted white and at just about 4 feet, the 60s technocolor fish wallpaper began and went to the ceiling and wrapped all the way around the bathroom (so it was like you were in an aquarium)….
for some reason, the little alcove where the toilet stood wasn’t papered (I think my mom must have run out of wallpaper) but a perfectly cut out (removed form the paper scene), bright purple, lavishly-finned goldfish was pasted right about the toilet…….
it was my favorite room!LOVE the first fish too! he’s so surprised!!!!
Windup, any photos of that sea filled bathroom of your youth?
i WISH i did….i’m sure it’s been obliterated too……my parents have rented the place out for the last 15+ years and the first renters really messed the place up…breaks my heart…….i haven’t seen it, but i heard they even took the old, original crystal doorknobs, broke the beautiful old iron floor heater gratings etc….i don’t even WANT to go back cause I want to keep my old memories! i really am a stickler for preserving beautiful things…..
hmmmmm….was it My FUn Closet who painted a portrait of her bathroom? maybe i’ll do that form memory!!
I’m sure you meant ‘from’ memory and, yes, do it! You know there’s always a nice fresh wall here at AWMOK for a painting of your childhood bathroom.
My Mom ran out of wall paper once and just hung a picture to cover that particular spot. I love that.