First some facts about saguaros: The giant cactus tree often associated with the West grows only in the Sonoran Desert here in Arizona and Mexico. It does not grow naturally anywhere else in the world. Saguaros grow very slow (they can take 40 years to grow ten feet) and when fullly grown, a saguaro can stand 20 to 30 feet tall, weigh up to several tons and live to be two hundred years old.
Saguaros have always played a part in Arizona kitsch. In fact, everywhere you look, you will see examples of this from advertising signs to souvenir shot glasses. Just a few examples I have around the house: vintage salt and pepper shakers, a vintage candy dish, a vintage souvenir plate, a vintage coffee can, a vintage coffee cup, a drain stopper, a cornbread pan, an old vase, a vintage lamp shade, an old decanter bottle and on and on, but my favorite piece of saguaro kitsch is the saguaro cowboy car antenna topper (a rubber saguaro man wearing sunglasses and dressed in a cowboy hat and scarf). This particular antenna topper used to be readily found in tourist stores here in town, but in more recent times they have become difficult to find (so it is possible that they are no longer being manufactured and only old stock is left). No matter, I have an extra one (still in the package with pink sunglasses) just for you, Allee. Ya just gotta have a saguaro cowboy car antenna topper somewhere in your wonderful museum!
Last but not least, my partner and I compose soundscapes and this is our track dedicated to the majestic saguaro and the scenic beauty of Arizona – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pSHheEgHnY