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Retro Salt and Pepper Shakers

Updated on April 8, 2020
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I am a mother of three wonderful adult children, and I'm also a born-again Christian. I love to share my personal experiences.

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 addict (no offense), lol. I love just about everything when it comes to these types of salt and pepper shakers.

I also love that they are well known for their different types of styles. You can have various uses for them, for almost everything you can imagine. 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 products to keep around for a long, long time.

Here is 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 per usual. We were sitting around the kitchen table eating (again, per usual), and would tend to 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 immediately said, "I want one!" Her particular pepper shaker even sang, though it was so long ago that I forgot what the tune was. All I remember is that it had to be one of the neatest salt and pepper sets that I had ever seen up to that point.

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 as much as needed. They also have cute handles to hold onto as you're 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. But in doing so I have had the opportunity to come across some awesome lenses. I have learned alot from all of the other writers out there as well. There are so many topics and insights, there is so much to read, it is like a library of knowledge that I didn't have before, since I have been here on Hubs I mean.

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/grammar 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. Thanks Hubs.

The Decade of the 50's

Vintage salt and pepper shakers come in many styles, in the 50's decade they were cheap and colorful and they make great ideas for collecting, sharing, and even selling products. They will always be 'in style' and everyone always can use a salt and pepper shaker at their table. The difference is some like them for their very own personal collection, and others for more practical purposes.

50s Rock'n'roll Jukebox Shakers


Remember the Jukebox back in the 1950'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 usually at a location where one could dance to the various chosen 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 diners, pool halls, etc.

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

There are a few people who actually own one of these, especially an original, I imagine it must be very expensive and a pricey collector's item to showcase. They are beautiful, wish there was a revival of this classic box.

Salt and Pepper Shakers - Retro style

These create memories and are also great collectors items, not necessarily just for salt and pepper use. Betty Boop also goes back a long way. I always loved her cute personality and huge big and bright brown eyes. Salt and pepper Betty Boops are 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 considered (to most people) an important accessory in our kitchens around the world. It is better than using a bowl and/or spoon. But since many people have made the sets to be so decorative, they have become more and more popular, especially in recent decades, and using many sets as collector items.

Also, they make such cute gifts. I am positively sure that no matter if a person currently has a set or not, that they would appreciate the gesture of getting a decorative set for themselves too.

Like I said before my mom and dad had singing salt and pepper shakers, which were amazing to my mind. You can create something out of ceramic, pottery, rocks, stone, wood, etc. 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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