This gargantuan vase honoring prescription drugs was handed out as a promotional item by drug companies in the 1950’s when they really went for great promo swag as opposed to the fat pens, squeeze balls and mortar and pestle post-its that flood doctor’s offices today. In those days, if you had a promo item it was SOMETHING.

A healthy 8″ high and almost obese 18″ around, this vase can hold enough RX to keep you going a lifetime.


The RX vase was made by Rex (not a stretch) Ceramics of Hollywood, CA., where these vases were most certainly and unabashedly popular.

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4 Responses to “Allee Willis’ Kitsch O’ The Day – 1950’s RX Vase”

  1. margaret y.

    Long time reader, first time commenter. I just wanted to say that your kitsch of the day brings a smile to my face every day. Thanks.

  2. Denise

    can you imagine how much money that rex ceramics made back then? obviously the company had a very limited clientele. man, i have *always* been in the wrong business. 🙂