The Potato Smasher

I have been asked why on earth I wrote about our potato smasher and then deleted it shortly afterwards. The truth is that I was told I had done it before, which is extremely likely, because I love the object dearly and it gives me the utmost pleasure. But I’ve now searched my blog which is easy to do and can find no mention of the potato smasher or of potatoes at all. So here it is again in all its 1950s utilitarian glory :-


11 thoughts on “The Potato Smasher

  1. Ivan Gaskell says:

    I could imagine teaching an entire class on this object. It’s exactly the kind of thing Laurel Ulrich and I would have used in our Harvard seminar, and might have discussed in our book, “Tangible Things.” You could also think of it in the light of Yuriko Saito’s brilliant books, “Everyday Aesthetics” and “The Aesthetics of the Familiar.” Bravo!

  2. marinavaizey says:

    I had one! loved it used it when young family lost in move. it was perfect. thanks for a trip for me down memory lane…..

  3. marinavaizey says:

    Mine worked really really well. And I have another surreal object which ha survived over sixty years, called StrongBoy and made in Switzerland, which can open any lid, and is invaluable. No jar has ever defeated its capability…..

      • marinavaizey says:

        I am a technophobe will ask my lodger. I love my StrongBoy!?!?!? and Charles thanks so much for your blog it is truly awesome and we all value it all more than ever. Best to you and Romilly. I have just seen but have misplaced the site that Ott0 S-S book has been cited as one of the best to read now> sorry but the site has slipped through the cracks……I used to give talks on new museums and used to cite the problems of navigating between events, entertainment, a day out, and collections, display, scholarship etc I think we still don’t understandably know how to do that. I used to use The Weather Project as my primary example – people have a fun day out and people worshipping! fun fair or secular cathedral. will really look forward to your book. x M


      • Dear Marina, Yes, the Weather Project makes a brief appearance in the section on Tate Modern. Oddly enough, I’ve changed my conclusion away from trying to describe the different purposes museums serve. Charles

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