Allee Willis’ Kitsch O’ The Day – 1950′s Happy Fish S&P’s

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Although one of these little fish was a victim of the 1994 LA earthquake and lost the tip of her fin this happy couple are still among my favorite salt-and-pepper shakers in my collection of 1000 or so vintage ones. Though any ceramic animal, fish, vegetable or otherwise that has eyelashes immediately leaps it to a higher ranking in the army of Kitsch over here.

The only drag about these stone cold 1950′s/ Made in Japan amphibians is that the holes drilled for the S&P to come through are so huge that once you flip the fish over the entire Morton Salt mine blankets the food like an avalanche. Over the years I’ve learned how to bend my wrist just so in order to release the desired amount but they still terrorize dinner guests if I haven’t remembered to swap them out for a pair with more delicate holeage.

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5 Comments

  • lisa says:

    I have a ceramic fish like your fish but the holes are more on the sides. I thought it was a incense burner but I can’t find much info on it. any way, its cute and so are yours.

  • Nick Crnkovich says:

    Hello. I stumbled across your page while researching some salt and pepper shakers. I have these exact same ones in perfect condition as far as I can tell. Since one of yours broke the fin off in an earthquake would you like to buy mine?

    Heres a link to the pictures I have taken. I can also take more if you like.

    Regards.

    Nick Crnkovich

  • Nick Crnkovich says:

    Hello. I stumbled across your page while researching some salt and pepper shakers. I have these exact same ones in perfect condition as far as I can tell. Since one of yours broke the fin off in an earthquake would you like to buy mine?

    Heres a link to the pictures I have taken. I can also take more if you like.

    Best Regards,

    Nick Crnkovich

    • Allee says:

      Thanks for the offer, Nick. I’ve been collecting for decades and am pretty much a thrift shop only shopper. I have SO much stuff that when something is broken I just wait to stumble upon it at thriftshop prices. But please enjoy your little fish S ‘n P’s because they’re adorable!

      • Nick Crnkovich says:

        Ok Allee. Thanks for responding so quickly and sorry about the double post! Best of luck to you!

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