This item was being sold on Amazon as an “antique fruit basket” but it was … really not.
It’s actually an old-style Chinese chamber pot which was used in homes before modern plumbing was widely available. It was also a spittoon, commonly placed in public places like hospitals and schools so that people could (ahem) expectorate in a sanitary fashion.
Luckily the items for sale on Amazon (now delisted) were brand new and not really antiques. At least, we hope. Read the original South China Morning Post article here.
Through Snow, Rain and Psychedelic Sun
My favorite man on the street drops by at least once a week at my front door. He delivers mail, Amazon packages and a cheery “Hello!” He’s the Canada Post mailman. Throughout the pandemic Canada Post employees have delivered essential services and creative director Andrew Lewis had an idea to thank them for their work. Originally it was for a commemorative postage stamp but then it morphed into full size decorated mail trucks.
Asked about his inspiration, this is what he said:
“A lot of people had rainbows in their windows and hearts and things like that last spring and summer,” Lewis said of the symbols he spotted on his walks through London neighbourhoods.
“So I made this fun, kind of psychedelic image because I wanted something really positive and happy, and this is a weird, gloomy and kind of oppressive time.”
According to this CBC article forty of these decorated vans are on the road in major cities across Canada. I haven’t seen one yet but I’m keeping my eyes peeled.
Toronto, Canada. February 2021