By Carol Detweiler
(This article is based on her 2018 Convention Presentation)
Let’s continue our historical journey with Carol’s terrific article that presents history through salt and pepper shakers. This time we concentrate on the 1900’s.
If you haven’t seen Part I, be sure to take the time to see shakers representing history from the beginning through the 1800’s.
In 1901 the Governor of New York signed a bill imposing a 15 MPH speed limit on highways.
This plastic antique car is usually seen in black, but this one is brown.
On December 17, 1903 Wilbur and Orville Wright conducted the first successful man-powered flight near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
This was the Convention set for the Club Convention in North Carolina in 2003.
On December 31, 1904 New York Times Square held its’ first New Year’s Eve celebration with about 100,000 people in attendance.
Let’s break out the bubbly with this double open-salt advertising bottle of French champagne.
April 14, 1912 the RMS Titanic hits an iceberg and sinks.
In this set the two pieces fit together to form the Titanic. It is marked Enesco, 1998.
Here is a nodder of the sinking Titanic and the iceberg. It is my understanding that there are only about 17 of these sets that were made. Nigel Daley sold them at his home when the Heartland Chapter visited during their trip to England.
On April 21, 1918. Baron Manfred Von Richthofen, the German flying ace, better known as the Red Baron, was killed in action. WWI ended 7 months later.
Here is Snoopy on his doghouse as a WWI fighter pilot going out to find the Red Baron.
A sign consisting of letters 50 foot high spelling Hollywood Land was dedicated in 1923. The Land part of the sign was removed in 1949 and we still have the Hollywood sign today.
This set was made by Five and Dime.
Walt Disney’s first sound synchronized animated cartoon “Steamboat Willie”premiered in 1928 starring Mickey Mouse.
December, 1932 Radio City Music Hall opened. The Rockettes with their precise routines and high kicks have been a feature at Radio City ever since it opened.
The first episode of “The Lone Ranger” was broadcast in 1933.
Vandor came out with a series of lunch box sets.
Here is The Lone Roger set. The lunch box has 2 holes and the thermos has 3 holes. The set came in a metal box that says lunchtime and has a photo of the set on it.
The first Laundromat opened in Fort Worth, Texas in 1934. The “Washateria” as it was called, rented four electric washing machines on an hourly basis.
Plastic washing machine shakers come in a variety of colors.
The first Walt Disney animated cartoon featuring Donald Duck was released in 1934.
Two American made sets of Donald Duck. Both have Walt Disney on them.
Donald had lots of family members.
This is a hard to find nodder condiment of Donald Duck’s nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie.
Walt Disney’s first animated feature movie, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” had it’s world premier on December 21, 1937 in Los Angeles.
Here is one of Sandy Srp’s special sets. This one of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was done in 1997 and sold at the Club Convention auction for $2,100.00.
Also in 1937 King George the 6th was coroneted. The English always produce lots of china items to commemorate special occasions.
This is a set from King George’s coronation.
The MGM musical “The Wizard of Oz” starring Judy Garland had it’s world premier in 1939.
This set of Dorothy with the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion was made by Clay Art.
In 1939 Gone with the Wind premiered and in 1940 it won 8 Academy Awards. It starred Vivian Leigh as Scarlett and Clark Gable as Rhett Butler.
These two Gone with the Wind sets each came with a tag marked “GWTW is a Turner production – Turner Entertainment Company and the Stephens Mitchell Trusts – Warner Brothers Entertainment Inc – Westland Giftware.” I think you can tell why that wasn’t stamped on the bottom!
The first section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike opened in 1940. It was called “America’s First Superhighway”. It ran for 160 miles from Carlisle to Irwin.
After 14 years, work was completed on Mt. Rushmore in 1941.
Here is a one-piece shaker of Mt. Rushmore made by Medford Pottery.
December 7, 1941 – Pearl Harbor
This one-piece chalkware set is a reminder of the attack on Pearl Harbor and the sinking of the USS Arizona.
Also in 1941 the Grand Coulee Dam in Washington state went into operation.
This set of the Grand Coulee Dam was made in Grand Coulee, Washington.
Smokey the Bear, also known as Smokey Bear, made his debut in 1944. Smokey the Bear was authorized by the Forest Service.
On December 27, 1947 the original version of the puppet character “Howdy Doody” made it’s television debut on “Puppet Playhouse”.
Disneyland opened in Anaheim, California on July 17, 1955.
This is a beautiful stacking set of Cinderella’s castle.
Elvis Presley was inducted into the Army in 1958. I guess he had the G.I. blues.
This set was made by Vandor as part of the Film Legend series.
This is a one-of-a-kind set of Elvis that was made for one of our members. The microphones in Elvis’ hands are the shakers.
There are lots of Elvis shakers including these two busts of Elvis in blue and red shirts and black and white shirts. These two sets were made around 1990 by a private ceramist in Ohio. As far as we know these were the only salt and pepper shakers she made. Only about 40 to 50 of the sets were made.
The Jetsons, an animated cartoon series about a space age family, premiered in September 1962. It was ABC network’s first program in color.
This set of the Jetsons is extremely rare. The shaker legend is that Vandor made 12 sets as a prototype and then they were not able to get a license from Hanna-Barbera. Somehow these prototypes got out of the factory without being destroyed. So you can see there is a very limited quantity of this set.
John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. The set of JFK in the rocker wearing black pants was made in 1962.
This set of Kennedy wearing brown pants is a copy of the original.
On February 7, 1964 the Beatles arrived at New York’s JFK airport to begin their first American tour. Two days after their arrival they did their first live performance on American television on the Ed Sullivan Show.
March 8, 1965 the first U.S. combat troops land in South Vietnam.
Here is a set of bamboo shakers that when you turn them around have a sticker that says “Don & Norma 1968 Vietnam.”
Later in 1965 Sonny and Cher‘s single “I Got You Babe” was released by ATCO records.
This set of Sonny and Cher is called “Pop Love”. It was the second in a series of four sets of famous duos that were made by Allyson Nagle for the New Jersey Chapter.
And now it’s time for….. The End