In an article in the Los Angeles Times, writer Hector Tobar writes:
It's not every day I get excited about a salt shaker.
But there it was, a glass cylinder with a slanted top of chromed steel. Next to it, its sister, the pepper shaker, and a big dad of a sugar shaker.
The sight of these elegant little objects transported me to my youth. Growing up in L.A., I'd see them in diners and restaurants, and in my own kitchen. In the 1960s, they looked modern and sleek. Space Age salt and pepper shakers.
They were created by Henry Keck, a Caltech-trained designer. And now they're inside a display case at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.