This good looking pair comes from the basement of 2418 Eager Street. You can’t see from the photo above, but there are holes in the top of the ladies’ heads: these are “Glamour Girl” vases, part of a broader group of collectibles known as Lady Head Vases. The name says it all- they are vases shaped like ladies’ heads.
The ones pictured above were made in the late 1940s, around the same time that a young Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jeane Mortenson at the time) was breaking through. Maybe I’m imagining it, but I certainly see a resemblance.
Vases like these were originally produced by florist companies as something of a gimmick, but also as a clever (or cheap) sales strategy: the openings in the vases were quite small, thus limiting the amount of stems needed to fill the vase. Eventually, well-respected ceramicists started producing their own Lady Head Vases and a collectible was born.
These vases are ceramic, so it’s no small feat that they’ve survived at a job site where tons of material (literally, tons of material) is constantly moving past them.