Both salt and pepper used to be served in cellars with small spoons. However, the salt would gather moisture and clump. In the 1920's, Morton Salt added magnesium carbonate to salt to prevent the clumping. This allowed for salt to poured out of a sealed container. Since pepper was always served with salt, and thought of as a pair, pepper shakers were also created.
The automobile industry is responsible for salt and pepper shakers becoming a collectible. People could travel more easily and shakers were a perfect gift due to size, price and subject matter.
Even today, salt and pepper shakers are quite collectible. You can choose to collect by style, colors, singles or by what they are made out of. Anyway you choose, they are perfect to be put on your vintage shelf display!
1. The Salt and Pepper Museum
2. Wise Apple Vintage
3. Smithsonian Magazine
Hallmark ornaments available in my store
A couple years ago, during one of our family Christmas get togethers, I mentioned to everyone we should do our Christmas in July. My reasoning was to cut down on family members not being able to travel due to bad weather. Also, as our individual families are expanding, it would open up more time to enjoy the holidays with them versus struggling to find a day that works with Mom, Siblings, Kids, Grandkids, Nieces, Nephews, Cousins, various in-laws, etc...
Well, I was met with scoffs, no ways, why's, you're insane along with some other Christmas family niceties. So, no Christmas in July for us. However, this did lead me to wondering why/how Christmas in July got started.
There seem to be numerous reasons why or how Christmas in July got started. Some say it's because of the different seasons between the North and South Hemisphere. Others say it has to do with breaking up the year to allow for more gift giving and partying, an excuse for a joyous family gathering.