Allee Willis’ Kitsch O’ The Day – Alice Apple Savings Bank

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Made of plastic and 6 inches high, this anthropomorphic apple has sat next to my coffeemaker for years greeting me with a smile and supremely curled eyelashes every morning as I pour a cup. I have a lot of fruit with faces, many freestanding like this happy gal as well as a plethora of plaster ones that hang on the wall. Apples, oranges, pears and red and green peppers seem to be the most popular in the plastic genre, joined by grapes and bananas in the plaster category.

I especially like the full-bodied fruit people made of a continuous string of fruits or vegetables. But multi-purpose Alice, both bank and cheery kitchen accessory, is one of my favorites because she’s so pathetically and kitschily plain. Not much else going on besides the exceptional way the curl of her eyelashes echoes the upturned sweep of her flower and leaf hair.

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  • Jess says:

    THANK YOU for this post! My grandfather had a nearly identical bank – except his was a pear – sitting on his dresser for decades. It lives with me now, although the years were not as kind to her facial features as your apple’s. The sticker on the back is gone, too – I remember it being there when I was a kid. SO glad you posted yours, now maybe I can learn more about the bank!

  • Allee says:

    @Jess – You should post the pear at The Allee Willis Museum of Kitsch at awmok.com. Would love to see it!

  • Xana says:

    When I Googled “alice apple savings bank,” I wasn’t really expecting to get a satisfactory result, but here it is! I have the apple, and I did have the pear, but I gave it to a friend. I was watching the documentary “Beautiful Losers” on Netflix recently and recognized the apple bank in one of the flashback home video sections. I was so surprised to see that familiar apple that I took a screenshot: http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y94/velcro05/apple2_2.jpg

    Thanks for the post!

    • Allee says:

      Oh, I’m sick you don’t still have the pear! I love the apple because it’s always so happy looking. I’ll definitely check the film out.

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