SIZE: 4 inches long and 2 1/2 inches tall
COLORS: Light mint green with light brown shakers
AGE: Probably 1920's to early 1930's
SPECIAL FEATURES: Each shaker is imprinted with the advertiser and 3 digit phone number.
CONDITION: Like new
This salt and pepper shaker combination advertised the Home Supply Company in Forreston, Illinois. Phone number 148. They were used as a promotional item most likely to thank folks for shopping at their store. This was a fairly common practice and a good way to advertise, because it conveyed small-town friendliness and values. We are fortunate that some of these premium items survived and that we have a way to date them. In this case, the telephone number is telling and after doing a little research on the evolution of phone numbers we determined that this set of salt and pepper shakers is from the 1920's or early 30's. Even though the Home Supply Company is long gone, this set still exists in like new, unused condition.
Vintage Advertising Salt & Pepper Shakers (Camel ** Forreston Illinois)