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Retro Salt And Pepper Shakers

Updated on September 19, 2014

They Come In All Styles

Hi my name is Lorraine and I am here to tell you that I am addicted to salt and pepper shakers..but I am a recovering attic lol. I love just about everything when it comes to the salt and pepper shakers.

I love that they are well known for their different types of styles. You can have use, for them for about almost everything. They aren't only good for the dinner table but they also make great knick knacks, and can be collectables.

I especially love the retro style. These are great momental s to keep around for a long, long time.

How my addiction came about:

On a nice hot spring day back in the 1980's, I was down my mother's and father's house visiting as usual. We would set around the kitchen table and just chat about everything and anything. Then I heard this noise like someone was talking and singing.

I asked my mother what that was and she laughed and said that it was her salt shaker as she sprinkled it on what she was eating. She proceeded to tell me that it was a gift that she got from my niece. I said I want one! The pepper shaker even sang, it was so long ago I forgot what the tune was. All I remember is that had to be one of the neatest salt and pepper set that I have ever saw.

Nostalgic Salt And Pepper Shaker Sets

These are decorative salt and pepper sets. They are strong and they have big enough holes to pour your salt and pepper. One thing I can't stand is when the holes are so small that you can't get the salt or pepper to pour out. They have cute handles to hold on to as your pouring.

I Have Gotten Better


Needless to say that ever since then I have had this attraction to looking for unique awesome salt and pepper sets, but I have gotten better. I have learned not to allow myself to spend a lot of time just looking at all the styles.

Ever since I started being a writer for Hubs, I don't have that much liberty anymore ha ha. But in doing so I have had the opportunity to come across some awesome lenses. I have learned alot from all the other writers. There are so many topics and insights, there are so much to read it is like a library of knowledge that I didn't have before, since I have been here on Hubs.

Hubs offers me the opportunity to grow by sharing all my passions and for me not being a great poet or not having the best english skills it has offered me a lot of knowledge just by my sharing and reading others and their passions as well.

Now you know a little bit more about me: I am a recovering addict to the salt and pepper shakers and Hubs has helped me to surpass this stepping stone and move on to many new ideas.

The Decade of the 50's

Vintage salt and pepper shakers come in many styles in the 50's they are cheap and colorful and they make great for collecting, sharing and even selling items. They will always be in and everyone always can use a salt and pepper shaker at their table. The difference is some like them even for their collection.

50s Rock'n'roll Jukebox Shakers


Remember the Jukebox back in the 50's. Add this to your table and rock and roll. The Jukebox was a coin operated machine to play a song of your choice. It was a place to dance to the songs of the box. I rarely see them anymore and if I do it is great because it does add a better environment to places like dinners, pool halls etc.

The first jukebox was in 1889 I believe in San Francisco it was called Nickel In The Slot Machine. It changed history when it came to the music industry. If I am not mistaking it came about during the depression.

There are a few people who actually own one of these being an original, I imagine being very expensive and a prizey collective to show off. They are beautiful wish there were more.

Salt and Pepper Shakers - Retro style

Memories and also great collectors not just for salt and pepper use. Betty Boop goes back along ways. I always loved her cute personality and hugh big brown eyes. Salt and pepper Betty Boops is just another great addition to your collections.

Do you think the 1950's lifestyle is the American dream of today? Do you think these pictures of memories are misguiding, causing today's generation to desire an easier time?

The Decade Of The 50's


Why Salt And Pepper Shakers

Salt and pepper shakers are an important accessory in our kitchen. It is better then using a bowl and spoon. But since they have made the sets to be so decorative they have become more popular in using the sets as collector items.

They make such cute gifts too. I am absolutely sure that no matter if a person has a set they would appreciate the gesture of getting a decorative style for safe keeping and memories too.

Like I said before my mom and dad had singing salt and pepper shakers lol. The things they come up with, just about anything. You can create something out of it and just enjoy collecting them or giving them as gifts. It is a lot of fun.

Did you know that the early salt shakers were actually mills? There was a piece inside the salt shaker that would break the salt into pieces. That was how they got their salt.

Pixiware in the 50's describes wide faced, cartoon figures. It was an era of plastic, ceramics having the salt and pepper shakers take on any shape. Nicer plastic shakers were made of richly colored Bakelite or clear, contents-revealing Lucite.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I didn't realize so many people collected salt & pepper shakers. My grandmother was a collector!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Forgot to mention that cute couple reminded me of my poodle skirt, but mine was a really pretty blue.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I missed 3 questions on your quiz and had good memories thinking through the songs. My salt and pepper shakers are nothing special but I've had them for years and they keep working for me just fine. I have always enjoyed the special and novel ones folks have but have never seen any that were musical. Congratulations on your Pop Culture feature....what fun! :)

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      These are really fun. I love vintage salt and pepper shakers. I buy odd ones (singles) at thrift stores and garage sales if they're too cute to leave behind!

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      Northerntrials 4 years ago

      I have a set of vintage cut glass diner style. I love the simplicity of them and they remind me of the diners I used to go to when I was a kid.

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      If I'm lucky I still have some of my mom's old ones tucked away, but right now I can't think of any.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Every set I have now has a meaning behind it. Most were gifts from Squidoo friends after our fire, chosen by them to signify where they live. It's great to remember friends when I look at my collection of S&P shakers.