Sunday, August 8, 2010
Before tape became so popular, merchants used string or twine to wrap packages. Often, the string was contained in a holder as simple as a metal ball or as fanciful as this plaster head. Remnants of coarse twine hang from the mouth. I like this holder in particular because it is, as my wife would say, disturbing. The clown looks slightly menacing. Also, the carnival aspect of it appeals to me.